Written by Gabriel Dillard
The City of Fresno’s Rental Housing Division has begun the mailing of nearly 25,000 letters to property owners providing official 30-day notice of new requirements to register Fresno rental properties on the City’s free online Rental Housing Registry.
Since Mayor Lee Brand’s Rental Housing Improvement Program was soft-launched in January, approximately 13,000 units have already been registered. This represents 15 percent of the estimated 90,000 rental properties located in the city of Fresno.
Once the 30-day notices have been received, property owners and property managers will have 30 days to ensure that rental properties are registered. If a property has not been registered within the period, the City will begin applying applicable fines for non-registry. The notice also includes educational information such as a frequently asked questions section, applicable fees, and details about the inspection items and process.
If an individual receives the notice in error, and does not own rental property in the city of Fresno, they are encouraged to call (559) 621-RENT or email RentalHousing@fresno.gov so that the City can correct the information.
The City is encouraging owners to use the free online rental registry at fresno.gov/rentalhousing. Also available on the website is information regarding informational workshops and technical workshops.
According to a city news release, the purpose of the registry is to create a free, easy-to-use site that property owners can utilize to register rental properties. The goal is to work with property owners to proactively achieve compliance of health and safety code violations and improve the quality of Fresno’s rental housing stock.