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Thousands of rental units in Indianola will be subject to routine inspections under an ordinance city officials are beginning to draft.The change comes as a result of Indianola’s population growth since the previous census was taken in 2010.The latest figures, which are expected to confirm more than 15,000 residents, trigger part of Iowa’s housing code for cities with populations in excess of 15,000.These larger cities are to implement rental inspections, a complaint process and rental property certifications. “Based on our research we know we have about 2,000 rental units in our community,” said Ryan Waller, the city manager. “We are proposing to have those 2,000 units on a two-year cycle,” he said. “So, they would get a certificate showing that they’ve gone through the inspection.”The city plans to invite renters and landlords to be part of the process of crafting the new rental inspection program. Meetings are scheduled for Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.

Thousands of rental units in Indianola will be subject to routine inspections under an ordinance city officials are beginning to draft.

The change comes as a result of Indianola’s population growth since the previous census was taken in 2010.

The latest figures, which are expected to confirm more than 15,000 residents, trigger part of Iowa’s housing code for cities with populations in excess of 15,000.

These larger cities are to implement rental inspections, a complaint process and rental property certifications.

“Based on our research we know we have about 2,000 rental units in our community,” said Ryan Waller, the city manager.

“We are proposing to have those 2,000 units on a two-year cycle,” he said. “So, they would get a certificate showing that they’ve gone through the inspection.”

The city plans to invite renters and landlords to be part of the process of crafting the new rental inspection program.

Meetings are scheduled for Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.



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