The city will be hosting two public meetings to help educate rental property owners and managers about their responsibilities and what safety requirements they must meet. These two meetings will be from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Thursday March 12 in City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at 495 S. Main St.
The meetings will provide information about fire safety requirements, as well as code standards that multifamily properties must meet within the city of Las Vegas.
Following the tragic Alpine fire in December, city leaders began looking at best practices in other cities and gathering information on how to best ensure that multi-unit residential properties are regularly inspected. The city’s Code Enforcement and Fire Prevention teams regularly inspect properties across the city, but currently the vast majority of those inspections are complaint-driven. The City Council tasked staff to look at a more proactive inspection model.
Staff also analyzed the number of multi-families properties in the city and their construction year. The team was able to identify the areas and properties that are most vulnerable, primarily in wards 1, 3, and 5.
There are approximately 64,347 rental properties with four or more units, including residential motels and hotels, within the city’s jurisdiction. To reduce the risk in some these buildings, staff is recommending adoption of a proactive Multifamily Residential Rental Registry & Inspection Program. The proposed program establishes a four-pronged approach to address safety concerns and mitigate risk:
1. (Ongoing) Informational sessions and training
2. An annual rental property registration
3. Required inspections every five years by a third party
4 . Enforcement; Owners of properties not meeting the minimum health and safety code requirements during this initial inspection will be given 21 to 30 days to complete corrective action and a date for reinspection by Code Enforcement and Fire Prevention to ensure compliance. In the event a property fails reinspection(s), non-compliant owners may have repairs completed by the City, and a lien will be placed against the property for applicable costs and civil penalties.
This proposed program is being designed to:
•Prevent deterioration and blight conditions that adversely impact the quality of life in the city,
•Increase awareness by educating property owners, inspectors, and renters about safety and minimum housing standards to encourage proper maintenance of rental housing.
•Provide affordable housing that is safe and well-maintained.
•Create clear communication methods between rental property owners and the city of Las Vegas in the event of emergencies; and
•Provide regular safety inspections to preserve building and occupant safety, secure neighborhood property values and contribute to an improved quality of life.
Staff plans to present the proposed plan to the council on March 18, 2020.