Rental Housing Ordinance

Throughout 2019 and the beginning of 2020, Borough Council and staff have been hard at work revising the Borough's Rental Housing Ordinance. The focus has been on maintaining and improving the health and safety of the Borough's rental housing stock. According to the most recent Census data, the Borough has over 4,500 rental housing units.

The current ordinance requires rentals to be registered with the Borough. Inspections to ensure that a rental is up to code are available under the ordinance but are not mandatory. The center of the discussion has been around creating a mandatory licensing and inspection program for landlords. The potential inspection program has a default inspection period of three years. For properties without violations during that time period, the inspection period could be extended to five years. Exemptions from the inspection process for certain types of housing are also being discussed.

Throughout the process, the Borough has been working directly with landlords and property owners who will be affected by this ordinance. Their suggestions and input have been taken into consideration while crafting the revised ordinance. At the February 13, 2020, Council Meeting, Borough Council directed the Borough Solicitor to finalize a draft of the Rental Housing Amendment and schedule, advertise, and circulate the draft Ordinance for a public meeting for adoption. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vote was delayed.

In October of 2021, the issue was placed on Borough Council's Workshop Agenda. The ordinance itself was still the same as it was in March 2020 with the
exception of a proposed September 1, 2022 date is reflected throughout the document versus the initial September 1, 2020 date. Staff also recommended to Council to add language indicating that all other provisions of the IPMC still apply in the Borough.

The ordinance was passed by Council at the December Workshop Meeting. View the ordinance here.




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