Overview & Duties The Rental Housing Commission is responsible for:
Recommending to Common Council new steps to be taken to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of rental housing in the City of Ithaca.
Advising Common Council on how their proposed actions (such as zoning changes, ordinance revisions or new regulations, fees or taxes) would affect the accessibility, affordability and quality of rental housing in the City of Ithaca.
Advising Common Council on steps to be taken to protect the rights and welfare of tenants.
Advising the Board of Zoning Appeals on appeals for those variances where housing affordability is a central issue, if the Commission and the BZA agree that such advice would be helpful.
Seeking possible solutions to the general problems which arise between landlords and tenants, or between either party and neighbors.
Studying further the Rental Housing Task Force's Recommendation III, which proposes the establishment of a Housing Trust Fund, and Recommendation IV, which proposes the establishment of a community rental registry.
Undertaking programs or activities or educational programs related to rental housing, as hereafter approved by the Common Council.
Adopting an annual work program, which shall be subject to the approval of the Common Council.