The intent of the Kimball city council was to establish standards for rental housing within the city. The city's building inspectors, MN Spect, wrote up these standards, and they set up a schedule for inspections. What they didn't do was inform rental property owners in the city.
Kimball landlords learned of the required inspections when they received a 20-page packet with a long list of property standards to be met within a period of about two months.
What resulted was nearly an hour of heated debate at the Kimball council meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 19. About a dozen or so property owners came to the meeting.
When the city realized that the letter that should have been sent weeks earlier to landlords had not even been written, they apologized and agreed to work with both inspectors and landlords to establish a workable schedule for inspections.
Throughout the discussion, Ty Turnquist and Steve Smith from MN Spect assured landlords that they would work with them.
The city will focus on life safety issues first. Landlords must pay an application fee and schedule inspections by March 31, and the inspections must be completed by April 30, 2010. All major, non-life safety issues then must be corrected by June 30, 2011.