The City of Columbia has a number of regulations in place meant to protect the quality of life for you and others who call our city home. Becoming familiar with these rules can help you and your neighbors.
You have the right to live in a rental unit with a current Certificate of Compliance issued by the City of Columbia. The certificate is evidence that the unit has been registered with the City and inspected for safety and maintenance. You can ask your landlord to see the current certificate or contact the City of Columbia's Office of Neighborhood Services to verify the unit's compliance.
If you have a property maintenance issue that is not being addressed in a timely manner by your landlord, you have the right to file a tenant complaint with the City. After you have filed the complaint, a city inspector will visit your unit, document any issues and give your landlord a deadline to make the repairs. Always talk to your landlord first and give them the opportunity to fix the problem, and do not withhold rent due to a maintenance issue.
Car Talk: Unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles are subject to towing, whether they are in the street or on private property. Parked vehicles must not block driveways and sidewalks or be parked in the yard. Vehicles may not park on a city street longer than 24 consecutive hours.
Get in the Zone: Dont break the City's zoning laws by allowing too many people to live in your unit. Overcrowding leads to increased traffic, noise, and trash which can affect the others in your neighborhood. No more than three unrelated people can live together in R-1 and some PUD zoning and no more than four may live together in other zoning districts. Zoning violations can result in criminal charges..
Information Provided By: Office of Neighborhood Services