UPDATES: Rental Registration and Rental Inspections

Rental Registration!

RENTAL REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY!!!  The registration period for existing rentals runs between July 1, 2015 and August 1, 2015!

Here is the registration form – Registration Form

If you have questions, please consult the City of Bellingham’s Rental Registration website at http://www.cob.org/rentals

A question that was asked and keeps coming up is, “Do I have to register if a Seller rents a home after closing?”  The answer is no so long as the period of rental is less than 30 days.  In “lease-to-own” situations, it looks as though those will need to be registered, however, I will verify that information with the City tomorrow.

Rental Inspections

A group is forming in Bellingham to initiate a grass-roots challenge to the Bellingham rental inspections.  Notably, they are working with tenants to challenge the City Government’s determination that warrant-less searches are necessary for all rental housing in Bellingham City Limits.

They have met with a local law firm who is providing the legal expertise in this matter.  I too will be meeting with the City tomorrow to discuss a significant flaw in the inspection process that implicates the right of privacy for tenant and, for landlords, the exercise of contract freedoms.  This is a dynamic process that remains fluid still.  Please continue to follow our efforts and, if you feel inclined, participate with the various organizations.  If you have questions about the landlord/tenant group, contact our office and we will put you in touch with the organizers!