On January 28, 2013, The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster approved Ordinance No. 839 that created a Rental Housing License Program in the City of Westminster. The law became effective on June 1, 2013. Every rental unit in Westminster must be licensed annually by the City before it can be rented or leased. The annual license fee is $20 per unit until July 31, 2013. On November 1, 2013, the current license fee of $150 per unit increased to $250 per unit, with additional increases up $450 per unit.
Completed Rental Housing License Application forms, along with the required fees, are due immediately. Property owners that have not yet applied for and received rental licenses for rental units are in violation of the law and subject to legal and financial penalties. Without a rental license, a dwelling unit may not be legally rented or leased, nor may a tenant be evicted. Additionally, rental properties subject to three separate violations within a 12 month period will result in “Habitual Offender” designation, a special status that increases the license fee to $500 per unit for a 12 month period. Property owners who submit completed Rental License Housing Applications and pay the required fees by July 31, 2013, may still pay the license fee of $20 per unit.
For further information about the Rental Housing License Program you may call the Rental Housing Program Office at 410-848-9000.