I believe the change from "rental registration and inspection" to landlord "registration and code compliance" is doublespeak. The original proposal was 15 pages long, the new one 16. Rules increasing landlords' costs and administrative time, with the trampling of tenants' rights, remain. Increased rents will result and affordable units will decline.
The license application goes from seven informational requests to 13 - including number of bedrooms/bathrooms, fuel used to heat, neighborhood location and who pays utilities. Missed is whether single- or double-ply toilet paper is used in the household, but a specific laminated notice must forever decorate the inside front door. How some of this relates to health and safety escapes the best minds.
I believe landlords will be subject to substantial fines, loss of revenue, denial of right to rent their property and unlawful action claims. Tenants must move out if a landlord's registration is denied, suspended, revoked or not applied for. Any code violation can result in the same.
A landlord and inspector must each sign a document stating "...there are no conditions... that endanger or impair or could endanger or impair the health or safety of a tenant." This unequivocal assurance will be a lawyer's gift from heaven whenever someone is injured on a property.
Landlords and tenants should voice their concerns to the City Council on the costs of this proposal.