Council to hold hearing tonight on short-term rentals

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council will hold a public hearing tonight on changes to the zoning code affecting short-term rentals under services such as Airbnb, Home Away and others. The hearing on Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, Accessory Residential Uses–Short-term Rentals, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at … Read More

County launches “Renters Have Rights” campaign to assist tenants

County launches “Renters Have Rights” campaign to assist tenants

Image taken from Montgomery County graphic. County Executive Ike Leggett (D), joined by councilmembers and representatives of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Housing Opportunities Commission, yesterday announced a new “Renters Have Rights” campaign of increased housing inspections and tenant outreach. “Due to our recently updated housing law [Bill 19-15], the Department of Housing and Community Affairs … Read More

County warns against air duct cleaning coupon scams

County looking for help with telephone scam

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection has issued an alert about the ubiquitous mailed coupons offering air duct cleaning at what looks like a bargain price. “Most of these firms do not even disclose their business address on their coupons and receipts,” said OCP Director Eric Friedman in a press release. “The coupon-based … Read More

Labor Day holiday schedules announced

Illustration from Public Domain Pictures. The county has announced its holiday schedule for Labor Day on Monday. All county office will be closed on Labor Day, as will state offices, courts, schools and the school system’s administrative offices. Libraries will be closed on both Sunday and Monday. There will be no trash or recycling pickup Monday. All pickups will be … Read More

County agencies, other organizations team up to collect school supplies

Photo from A number of government agencies, businesses and community organizations have joined together to collect school supplies for county school children and are accepting donations this week. The organizations are looking for contributions of backpacks along with wide-ruled paper; pens; pencils; sharpeners; glue sticks; colored pencils; folders; rulers; highlighters; three-ring binders; index cards; pencil pouches; erasers; plain colored plastic … Read More

County to offer physical parking permits to residents

County to offer physical parking permits to residents

Changes coming to residential parking permit system. Photo by Mike Diegel. County residents whose neighborhoods opted into the permit parking system will once again be able to get physical parking permits for registered vehicles. The permit program, which is more than 40 years old, was created to reduce the effects on neighborhood streets from some public facilities, land uses and … Read More