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Midvale City works out details of Good Landlord Program

(Midvale Journal) Plans are in the works to have a Good Landlord Program in Midvale up and running by March. Letters have been sent out by city staff to landlords for more than 700 properties, informing them of a public hearing that has tentatively been set for Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Good Landlord Programs are a partnership between rental property owners and the city. A landlord who chooses to participate in the program agrees to make sure that tenants meet certain criteria by doing things such as performing credit and criminal background checks and employment verification. Landlords will also attend a training program every two years. In return for doing this, they pay 80 to 90 percent less in business licensing fees.

The purpose for the program is to cut back on things such as code violations and to prevent illegal activities that cost the city money.

"What we have noticed in the city over many years is that the amount of services [like police and fire assistance] we provide for certain uses far exceed the amount we charge for business licenses," Assistant City Manager Phillip Hill said.

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