Tacoma City Council to discuss provisional rental housing

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday at City Hall to discuss a proposed ordinance that would amend the city’s municipal code as it relates to provisional rental property licenses.

The license was implemented on Jan. 1, 2012, in an effort to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens and the maintenance of quality rental housing for Tacoma citizens, according to city staff. Areas in the new regulation have been identified as needing to be amended in order to effectively regulate this activity.

The proposed amendments include the requirement of a provisional rental license for derelict buildings, alignment of the rights of appeal with Titles 2 and 6 of the municipal code, removal of the word “substantially” from determining when a property meets the conditions of a license, requirement of the completion of the city’s Crime Free Housing landlord training, reflection of the organizational changes in the City, allowing for a certificate of complaint to be filed, and adding Section 6B.165.085 to address first-time offenders.

City council’s neighborhoods and housing committee was briefed on the issue in November. The ordinance is scheduled to receive its first reading during the council meeting later in the day.

Councilmembers will not take public comment during the study session, which will be held on Tues., Jan. 8 at 12 p.m. in Room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Audio from the meeting will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and online at tvtacoma.com. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting online at tvtacoma.com.