BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Helen Mager has been a landlord in Boardman for decades, and for the first time she’ll be required to keep her rental units in tip-top shape, after a ruling by township trustees Monday night.
It’s something she welcomes, if it is done the right way.
“I want everyone to keep their building up, the outside of buildings to keep nice,” Mager said.
Township trustees approved the new ordinance. Now both landlords and renters have to keep the rental properties in better shape.
“If its going to benefit me and my building and my tenants I’d support it. But if not, then I’m not in support of it,” Mager said.
“We’ve been in some pretty bad units where people are paying rent to live in and we just want to get them up to a standard,” Boardman Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland said.
Gartland says they didn’t have power to enforce many things many of us take for granted.
“This, for the first time, criminalizes not having running water or not having working heat or electricity,” Gartland said. “It wasn’t against anybody’s regulations there.”
To fund the new ordinance, once a year landlords will have to pay $40 per unit, unless they have six units or multiple buildings, where they’ll pay $150 overall then an additional $15 per unit.
It’s a cost that could get passed on to renters.
“Landlords can only take on so much,” Mager said. “Get another expense incurred on you, and utilities, you can’t absorb all of that, and you have to pass on some of that.”
But, it’s a cost Gartland says is well worth it.
“It is a very small investment and we have to invest in our community if we want to continue to call it a nice place to call home,” Gartland said.
The changes go into effect December 30th.