Realtors angry over Columbia rental property ordinances

Jun 24, 2013

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A proposal from the city of Columbia to enforce occupancy limits for rental properties is angering local real estate agents.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the city asked its attorneys to review two recent amendments to Columbia ordinances that aim to crack down on overcrowded rental homes in residential neighborhoods. The president of the Columbia Board of Realtors had threatened the city with a civil lawsuit if it proceeded with the tougher laws, which were initially approved in January.

One of these laws requires real estate agents to inform tenants of their property's occupancy limits, while the other requires landlords to turn over renters' contact information to police or city inspectors investigating code violations.