Wayland discusses rental properties
WAYLAND (GTNS) – Wayland’s City Attorney Mike Vance had some advice for the city council on how to appropriately handle the tenants in the building at 211 W. Main St. that was purchased on June 30 by the city.
“I would strongly suggest you get some kind of simple written leases in place,” said Vance at Wednesday night’s council meeting. “You could possibly get criticized in an audit for not having it, and the one rental agreement is verbal so I would strongly suggest you do that.”
Vance went on to explain that the current rental agreements with the two rental units (both professional office spaces) are not specific enough to address the city’s needs.
“It looks to me like you have the same thing applying to both units, which is nice,” said Vance, “but it is not what I would like to see. It has some things, but it doesn’t have other things.”
The current rental agreement for unit one is a month-to-month, written agreement with the current rent set at $175 per month.
The agreement for unit two is a verbal month-to-month agreement with rent set at $100.
Utilities were being paid by the prior owner of the building and were under $55 for each of the past two months.
“What you would have to do to change the lease, or get rid of the tenant, you would have to give them notice of at least 30 days, which is at least one full rental period,” said Vance.
Also during the meeting, the council accepted a bid from Ted Wiegard to do the city’s annual fiscal examination for the next three years. Wiegard’s cost to the city will be $3,500 for the first year, $3,675 for the second and $3,800 for the final year of the agreement.
The council also held the first reading for an ordinance amending the rates and charges for water services. The proposed rates would be a charge of $12 for each water meter or each dwelling unit of each commercial enterprise on the premises serviced by the city water system, an additional charge of $6 per 1,000 gallons of water used. The charge for outside of the city limits shall be $20.50 for each water meter or dwelling unit of each commercial enterprise on the premises serviced by the city water system with an additional charge of $8.50 per 1,000 gallons of water used.
Other business at the meeting had the council:
• Congratulating Police Chief Ron Roth on 35 years of service in law enforcement.
• Approving building permits for 103 S. Washington, 301 E. Front Street, 215 E. Main St. and 205 S. Pearl St.
The next city council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 16 at city hall.