All owners of rental properties located within the City of Bloomington corporate limits (with the exception of Indiana University) must register the rental units with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) and arrange for HAND to inspect the property. Maintaining an unregistered rental carries a penalty fine of up to one hundred dollars ($100) per day.
Rental regulations are covered by the Title 16 of the Municipal Code.
REGISTER YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY
- Fill out the Registration Form or call the office to make arrangements to fill it out.
- Business hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the office is located at 401 N. Morton St, in the Showers Plaza, Room 130.
- Phone inquiries should be made to 812-349-3420.
SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION
The landlord, property manager, maintenance person, tenant, or another authorized individual must be there to accompany the HAND Staff Inspector during the inspection. If no one is there to accompany the inspector, a fee will be assessed, and the inspection must be rescheduled.
- The HAND staff inspector will conduct an interior and exterior inspection. Download the pre-inspection addendum.
- Shortly after the inspection is completed (1-2 weeks), the property owner will receive a report that lists the necessary repairs.
- The property owner has 60 days to complete all repairs, and one year to complete select exterior violations.
- If the property owner wishes to appeal any citations on the inspection report, fill out the Board of Housing Quality Appeals form.
SCHEDULE A REINSPECTION (IF NECESSARY)
After the property owner makes the necessary repairs, s/he will need to schedule a reinspection. At this time, the property owner or an authorized individual must again accompany the inspector.
- Referring to the inspection report, the inspector will look at the repairs to the structure and determine if they meet code standards.
- If all items are not found in compliance during the initial reinspection, the property must be checked again until compliance is obtained.
- A $70 fee will be charged to the property owner for each additional reinspection beyond the first reinspection.
If, during the reinspection, all items are found to be in compliance, the inspector will make a note in the file, and the property owner will receive a bill for the permit/inspection fee. See the fees schedule. After the HAND department receives the payment, staff will issue a rental occupancy permit for 3, 4, or 5 years.
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