Will Onuoha, Assistant Commissioner of Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD), presented the new rules for rental property going into effect on July 1, 2016. The new regulations consist of registration and inspection requirements including fees back to the City of Boston.
All private rental units need to be registered on an annual basis. Landlords can register online, by mail or in person. Fees are $25 per unit initially with $15/unit annual renewal. Non-compliant owners are subject to a $300 per month fine. Registration fees are waived for owner occupied properties with less than six units.
Inspections are required for non-exempt units every five years and will be scheduled after registration. Inspection fees start at $50 per unit.
View the video above for the complete presentation by the Assistant Commissioner at the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting. Councilor Sal LaMattina also speaks in the video about how the ordinance came about from student deaths in a fire due to unsafe rental units in Allston-Brighton.