- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Boone County commissioners want the ability to impose standards on rental properties outside the Columbia city limits.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/14Sw1Rv ) reports that commissioners are complaining about “slum lords.” They’re asking the county’s legislative delegation to propose and support legislation that would give the county the authority to impose basic rental standards. Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller has now championed the rental standard cause for 10 years.

Out-county rental property owners now are required only to comply with ordinances dealing with weeds and trash that pose health and safety hazards outside residences. Legislative authority is needed to create additional standards.

Miller said the Columbia Board of Realtors has supported legislation for Boone County rental standards, but the statewide Realtors association has opposed the measure.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com


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