Monday, January 27, 2014
Rental Permit Bylaw: Halfway Home
Building Commissioner Rob Morra reported to the Amherst Select Board this evening that the town's new Rental Registration process is going well, with 741 applications received out of a total of 1,570 (47%) properties that need to register.
The new law went into effect January 1st and requires all landlords to pay $100 annual fee for a permit. The process includes submitting a parking plan and completing a self certification checklist acknowledging basic zoning and health & safety concerns. But the process can all be easily accomplished on the town website.
Also neighbors or concerned citizens can file complaints about rental properties with the town or find the name and contact information for a rental property owner to take it up with them first.
A map with color coded pins (red for "open" and green for "closed") shows all the complaints received dating back to April, even before the law went into effect.
Unfortunately the Code Violations and Complaints Map does not currently show properties cited by the Amherst Police Department for noise or nuisance complaints, a glaring oversight.
Commissioner Morra did say he would be working with Police Chief Livingstone in the near future to make that valuable data available on the website.