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.
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!