- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The city of Burlington is starting a new system for property inspections aimed at rewarding good landlords and motivating negligent property owners to clean up their act.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1JIKAqQ) that under the new system, each rental property will be certified as up-to-code for one to five years, with the lowest-rated properties receiving a certificate good for only one year. The new system, which starts Jan. 1, replaces an ordinance under which most rental properties were certified for three years.

Stu McGowan, the landlord for about 75 apartments, called the change a smart move and says good landlords can now use the city’s inspection rating to market themselves to potential tenants.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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