Landlords Required to Register Rental Housing

If you own any property in Jefferson county KY as rental property you must register with the city.

Please be aware that any rental property that you may own in Jefferson County is subject to registration with Louisville Metro Government. Please see the article below explaining the new ordinance passed by Metro Council last year. All rental property owners have until Mar. 1, 2017 to register at no charge. If you miss the deadline, a steep fine of $100/day will begin. The intent of the ordinance is to give code officials the proper information to contact an owner if there is an issue with the property.


Go to the metro louisville website and creating an account applying for a free business license.  


The registration form is now online and can be submitted electronically. Anyone renting a property — from a single-family home to a multifamily high-rise — must register their properties and contact information with the city by March 1. Registering is free, but the penalty for not registering is a fine of up to $100 a day. While some apartment owners complained, metro council members noted that other cities, including Indianapolis, Austin, Memphis and Pittsburgh, have similar registries. The registry aims to help the city track down the responsible party if a property falls into disrepair and violates any building codes. Before the ordinance was passed, councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) said she hoped the registry would allow the city to crack down on slumlords who take advantage of poor or older residents. Rob Kirchdorfer, director of Louisville Metro’s Department of Codes and Regulations, said city inspectors regularly had trouble tracking down the responsible party, especially if the property is owned by a Limited Liability Corporation.