With about 14 percent of Jefferson City rental properties not registered with the city as of Friday, city staff is urging landlords to submit contact information by the end of this month.
Currently, if a Jefferson City rental property receives code violations but code enforcers do not have updated or any contact information for the landlord and do not know who the tenants are, city staff cannot summons someone to court for the violations.
To address this, the city rolled out the new landlord registration last year, where landlords must provide information like telephone numbers, mailing addresses, birth dates and their residential properties' addresses.
About 6,000 of the approximately 7,000 rental units in Jefferson City have been registered, said Dave Helmick, Jefferson City housing and property inspector.
The deadline for landlord registration is Jan. 31. Registration must be updated annually by Jan. 31.
Landlords can fill out the form at cms4.revize.com/revize/jeffersonmo/PPS/Landlord_Registration.ja%203-29-18Fillable.pdf.
Annual registration and amended registrations can be submitted to the Jefferson City Planning and Protective Services Department at 320 E. McCarty St. Landlords also can email the forms to email@example.com.
Code enforcers will be able to contact landlords easily about nuisance violations at their rental properties if the properties are registered. City staff also plans to send monthly educational newsletters.
If landlords do not register by the deadline, the city will send the unregistered landlords a letter giving them 10 days to register. If the landlords do not register within that 10-day time frame, they will receive summons to municipal court.