Residential Rental Property Registration

City Council adopted the new Residential Rental Property Registration ordinance on October 16, 2018, and enforcement begins January 1, 2019. The purpose of this ordinance is to require any residential single-family property, including duplexes and townhomes that are being used as a rental property, to be registered and to adhere to established guidelines for maintenance and standards of care for the property.

This ordinance is intended to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City and its residents by enforcing regulations regarding residential rental properties in the City through annual registration and periodic inspections.

Fees

Rental Registration Fee: $25
Inspection Fee: $100
Rental Certificate of Occupancy (RCO) Fee: $10
Replace or Update RCO: $10

The Rental Registration Form should be filled out and returned to the Permit Desk at City Hall, or filled out electronically and emailed to Breanna Davis at bdavis@duncanville.com.

For rental property inspection requests, please contact Breanna Davis at 972-707-3891.

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Goals

  • Identify single-family (including duplexes and townhomes) residential rental properties citywide that are rented or leased for more than 30 days
  • Obtain property information and/or property/owner/manager/agent contact information for use by code enforcement and for emergency situations
  • Enhance partnerships and communication with property owners and tenants
  • Aid in housing stock preservation, maintenance and upgrades
  • Facilitate neighborhood stabilization, foster clean and safe rental properties without diminishing availability and affordability
  • Safeguard the life, health, safety, welfare and property of occupants by enforcement of minimum property standards

What’s Inspected

In accordance with applicable codes:

  • Interior and Exterior Building Conditions
  • Property Sanitation
  • Sidewalks and Driveways
  • Accessory Structures
  • Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas
  • Infestation Issues
  • Water and Plumbing Systems
  • Sanitary Systems
  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Electrical and Fire Hazards

Impact

  • Ordinance requires all single-family, duplexes and townhouse properties to be registered with the City of Duncanville.
    • $25 annual registration fee.
  • Rental Certificate of Occupancy (RCO) must be obtained.
    • RCO application fee: $10
  • Must receive a City inspection at the time of initial registration. An inspection is also required every two (2) years or whenever there is a change of tenants; whichever occurs first:
    • Inspection: $100
    • Re-Inspection: $100     
  • Interior and exterior inspections.
  • Must successfully meet the minimum standards set forth within the following:
  • No RCO will be issued until all taxes, liens, utility charges and outstanding code issues have been satisfied.
  • Owner/manager/agent must notify City of an eviction 48 hours within of service (owner must provide a plan for clean-up of any displaced personal property 24 hours after the eviction).
  • Failure to register a property and/or abide by the terms of this ordinance will result in a Class C misdemeanor.
    • Fine not to exceed $2,000 (fine does not include any other applicable code violations).
  • Maximum occupancy for residential unit will be determined at time of registration (determined by both the Residential Property and International Property Maintenance Codes).
  • Property manager/agent must reside and/or do business within the North Central Texas Council of Governments geographical area.