The City of Bloomfield is publishing two ordinances in this week’s newspaper that were approved by the city council at the September 2 meeting.

The overall intent of the ordinances is to improve the community’s housing stock and create a safer environment for tenants.

Ordinance 716

This ordinance establishes a housing code within the City of Bloomfield with the intent of establishing minimum standards for dwellings and providing for remedial action to be taken if violations occur.

Exterior standards are set for doors, windows, structural safety, handrails, accessory structures, chimneys, grading and drainage.

Interior standards are established for interior doors, plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, interior walls, ceilings, and stairs.

The city’s code enforcement officer or city administrator may request the city council bring suit in the Iowa District Court for Davis County if there has been a violation of the provisions set forth in the ordinance.  The intent of the suit would be to prevent further violation of any of the provisions of the chapter or to restrain, correct, or abate such violation.

This ordinance will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2021.

Ordinance 717

This ordinance establishes inspections for residential rental properties within the City of Bloomfield for the purpose of ensuring that such properties conform to minimum standards for the protection of the health and safety of the occupants as well as the occupants of surrounding properties. The ordinance is also intended to inhibit the spread of blight.

According to the ordinance, rental properties and rental units within the city of Bloomfield must be registered with the city within 30 days of the property becoming a rental property. A registration fee will be established.

By registering a rental property, the owner consents to the city inspector entering the building and conducting an inspection in accordance with Bloomfield’s Rental Housing Inspection Program Administrative Policy and in accordance with all state and federal laws pertaining to tenant rights and notification requirements.

A Rental Compliance Certificate will be issued by the city clerk upon a satisfactory inspection.

Rental properties that do not comply with the set standards will be referred to the Code Enforcement Officer and the City Attorney for prosecution as a municipal infraction.

Failure to comply could result in revocation of a certificate of occupancy and/or a requirement to vacate the property.

This ordinance will also become effective on October 1, 2021.