Assessment of Costs

Fees

The City may charge the owner of real property a late payment fee of $25 and may add interest up to 1.5% per month if costs imposed under subsection one (1) of this section are not paid within 30 days of the date due.

The City shall send a notice of the late payment costs to such owner by first class mail to the owner’s personal or business mailing address. The late payment fee and interest shall not accrue if such owner files an appeal with the City.

Any owner objecting to the collection of costs by assessment may file a written request for a hearing before the Housing Code Appeals Board. The appeal shall be filed within ten (10) days from the date of the notice of late payment. An untimely appeal shall not be accepted unless, in the discretion of the City Manager, good cause is shown for the untimely filing.

The City Manager shall notify the appellant and all board members of the date, time, and location of the hearing. Any unpaid costs and interest shall constitute a lien on the real property and may be collected in the same manner as a property tax. Before a lien is filed, the City shall send a notice of intent to file a lien to the owner of the real property by first class mail to such owner’s personal or business mailing address.

Right to Appeal

Any person claiming to be aggrieved by a notice issued under the housing code may file a written complaint with the housing code enforcement officer.

Class of Violations

Violations are generally required to be corrected within 30 days or less. A Certificate of Rental Occupancy will not be issued until all violations are corrected.

Questions

If you have questions, please contact Interim Chief Tim Kurth at the Windsor Heights Fire Department at 515-279-9450 or via email.

Registration and inspection fees should be paid at Windsor Heights Public Safety at 1133 66th Street.

For more information, view the Rental Housing Inspection Checklist (PDF).