Health and safety code will not change for home rentals Submitted: 02/20/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Health and safety code will not change for home rentals
THE NORTHWOODS - When you book a hotel or rent a house you expect a certain level of standard when it comes to health and safety.

With a recent change in state short-term rental laws, Oneida County worries about getting every place inspected.

Currently there are about 220 rentals in Oneida County that require an annual inspection from the Oneida County Health Department, with only three environmental health specialists to do so.

A new law makes it easier for people to rent their homes, which will likely add to their work load. 

The law didn't change any of the licensing and inspection requirements. Homeowners still need to get a tourist rooming house license from the Oneida County Health Department.

Oneida County environmental health specialist Todd Troskey said they do expect an increase in annual inspections.

"As that number increases our ability to get to all of them in a timely fashion, which basically means during the summer, might be a little difficult," said Troskey.

Safety inspectors test drinking water, check fire and smoke alarms and make sure there are carbon monoxide detectors.

All rentals have to meet the same code.

"The code is definitely geared towards making sure that every rental is on the same playing field in terms of all the health and safety requirements," said Troskey.

It costs $100 annually to get inspected, plus a $300 pre-inspection fee for the first year.

Troskey said people generally find the license affordable.

"Especially in the Northwoods with the lakefront properties being able to be rented out more consistently people can really get a good return on that investment," said Troskey.

Homeowners who ignore getting a license can be fined $750 for renting without one. 

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Minocqua's Color Run Fundraiser is a 3K and 5K race for Arbor Vitae-Woodruff and MJ1 schools.

The race is one of the schools' biggest fundraisers for field trips, additional school supplies and equipment.

The Color Run raised almost $20,000 last year.

"It comes from all of the kids and their fundraising in the community, with the help of grandparents and parents and friends," says AVW Principal Rich Fortier.

The race will be at the Minocqua Park Complex on May 5.

To find out how to register, click below.

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For more info, click the link below.

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Captain Logan wants five people to answer the call. 

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