In 2009, the College Station City Council sought to maintain neighborhood integrity by adopting a rental registration ordinance that requires single-family and duplex rental properties that are not owner-occupied to be registered with the city.
The program’s goal is to identify rental property ownership, with a local contact, in case of health, safety or other code violations that might be detrimental to properties, tenants or surrounding neighborhoods. The program also helps the city keep property owners informed of new ordinances, laws or issues that might affect their properties, and to help prevent problems and improve communication among neighborhoods, property owners and the city. The intent is to keep neighborhoods safe, clean and peaceful for everyone. Similar programs have been successfully implemented in university communities across the country.
On June 24, 2014, the City Council revised the rental registration ordinance to include a citation provision and a requirement that the lease be presented upon request to the administrator for review. The revisions took effect on Aug. 11, 2014.
The City of College Station defines a family as one or more persons occupying a single dwelling unit that are related by blood, adoption, guardianship, marriage, or are part of a group home for disabled persons. The city does not allow for more than four unrelated individuals to occupy a dwelling unit. (City of College Station Code of Ordinances; Appendix A: UDO: Article 11: Definitions: Sec. 12-11.2 – Defined Terms. Family).
On September 21, 2017, the ordinance was revised to include registration of three-plex, four-plex, five-plex, and six-plex properties. Townhomes are single-family properties. Multi-family properties with more than six units in a building, as well as condos, are not required to be registered.