Yes. As the property owner, you are responsible for what occurs at the property. If the City is unable to obtain compliance through the tenant, you will be issued a notice of violation with a compliance timeframe. Examples of violations are: high weed/grass, junked vehicles, trash/debris on property, etc.
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The City of Sugar Land has a Code of Ordinances and a Development Code which outline allowed uses and maintenance/construction standards for all properties within the city limits. Through these regulations, the City is able to provide a safe, attractive and welcoming environment for residents and visitors. Sugar Land was most recently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the “25 Best Places to Live for Families”.
Many municipalities within the region require rental properties to be registered/licensed. In Sugar Land, the program is focused on ensuring investment properties are maintained appropriately which is accomplished through routine inspections and complaint-based inspections. The fee is structured so that the program is self-funded and not subsidized by other property owners.
Yes, a full interior/exterior inspection is required before a new tenant can occupy the property. This inspection can usually be scheduled within a week of the request.
No. A lease is a civil contract between you and your tenant. The City has no legal ability to mediate or intervene in cases where there is a breach of contract. It is recommended that you seek the guidance of an attorney. The City is unable to provide any legal counsel on civil matters.
Review your lease. Standard agreements will usually outline access rights and notification timeframes. If you are still unclear, it is recommended that you seek the guidance of an attorney. The City is unable to provide any legal counsel on civil matters.
Discarding items in the front yard is a violation of City ordinances. You must make alternate arrangements for collection of personal belongings.
Property owners must be aware of City’s solid waste schedule and comply with outlined parameters for collection. Violations of these regulations will potentially result in citations and fines.