The City of Ventura is currently in the final stages of drafting an ordinance that will require Ventura property owners to apply for an annual permit to legally rent out their Ventura properties. (Applies to condominium units, single family homes, second dwelling units as well as apartments) Property owners will be required to pay for the permit which will include an exterior inspection of the property by a code enforcement official. Upon inspecting the exterior, the City official may require an interior inspection for an additional fee. Obviously, they will require property owners to fix any substandard conditions or non-permitted uses and be assessed for any violations.
The City of Ventura’s stated goal is to eliminate substandard living conditions and one key method is through a permit process. The permit fees are to be used to financially cover the costs of implementing the ordinance.
Questions to consider:
The final proposed ordinance and resolution will be on www.VCCAR.net once it has been posted by the city. You can also find more information on the city’s website at www.cityofventura.net/fire/building_safety/safehousing
What you can do:
Attend the Ventura City Council meeting on Monday, November 24th at 6:00 PM
Get the word out. If you are unable to attend the council meeting, write or contact the city council members and make your concerns known. You can find contact information for the Ventura City Council is on the City of Ventura website.
The Ventura City Council will NOT be discussing the Ventura City Rental Housing Preservation Ordinance on November 24th. The date has been changed to December 8th at 6pm. This new hearing will probably NOT have an ordinance to be voted on, only a staff report. There will now be more public input before the city council votes on a specific ordinance.
Last night, the Ventura City Council abandoned the proposal to inspect all rental homes and duplexes and charge a fee. The city will be shifting two city inspectors who examine new construction to code enforcement. They are still considering requiring that rental owners register with the city and pay a small fee, but for now, mandatory inspections are out.