It is the purpose of this ordinance to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the community at large and the residents of rental dwellings in the City of Dilworth.


It is the intent of this ordinance that a permanent mode of protecting and regulating the living conditions of citizens of the city be established; and that uniform standards be established and applicable for all rental dwellings in the city.


A rental unit shall mean any room or group of rooms located within a dwelling and forming a single habitable unit. A dwelling shall mean any building, including a manufactured home (mobile home) as defined in MS. 327.31 Subd. 6, which is intended to be used for living or sleeping by human occupants.


Rental shall mean the leasing of a rental unit to a non-owner for a fixed or non-fixed period of time, and shall include “lease to buy, contract for deed, installment sales, purchases,” and other similar arrangements whereby nonpayment of a periodic payment means the occupants may be evicted without the necessity of either a statutory mortgage foreclosure procedure, a statutory termination of contract for deed procedure, or a statutory repossession procedure.


Registration requirements – No person shall hereafter occupy, allow to be occupied or let to another person for occupancy any rental unit within the city for which a rental unit registration has not been issued by the City Administrator of the City. An application for registration shall be made upon forms furnished by the city for such purpose and shall specifically require minimum information.


Registration shall be required for each calendar year and be issued prior to January 1 of each year. The city shall be required annually to mail renewal forms to the property owner or designated local manager on or before October 1 of each year, and such renewal forms may be returned by mail, at the property owner or designated local manager’s risk, to the City Administrator of the City of Dilworth.


The fees for registration, a registration renewal, a late fee, and inspection fees shall be in the amount set by the City Council from time to time by resolution.