Rental licensing database may cost city

A proposed rental property licensing program aims to make rental housing safe for Manhattan’s transient population, but is the city willing to pay the costs associated with setting the program up?

The issue of a rental licensing program is nothing new to the Manhattan city commission, but conversation still became heated last night as commissioners and property owners voiced frustrations at the stagnating topic. Assistant city manager Kiel Mangus returned to commissioners with findings from a focus group made up of city employees and property owners. The focus group set goals which include promoting safety of tenants as well as preserving property values. Due to the current structure of local governments, Mangus told commissioners it would be necessary to set up a computerized database to maintain all information on all 12,000 units in the city, however, the database would come with a hefty price tag.

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