Leasing Permit/Non-Owner Occupied Homes
In 2005, Berea City Council passed legislation requiring that owners of all one and two family residential dwellings in the R-SF-A and R-SF-B zoning districts obtain a Leasing Permit prior to allowing occupancy of a dwelling unit by a non-owner when the owner does not live in the dwelling. This legislation was passed to help preserve the housing stock and ensure safe living conditions, adequate parking areas, upkeep of residential structures and to avoid over-crowding.
Property owners who do not live in a dwelling unit and rent, lease or otherwise allow non-owners to occupy a dwelling unit must obtain a Leasing Permit. This includes an owner who does not live in the dwelling unit and rents or leases the dwelling unit for cash or other consideration. Additionally, this includes an owner who does not live in a dwelling unit and allows non-owners, such as family members, friends or other people, to reside in the dwelling unit free of charge. Any dwelling unit in the R-SF-A or R-SF-B zoning districts that is occupied by someone not on the deed must have a Leasing Permit.