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Landlords: Requirements and Resources

Landlord Registration
If you own residential rental property, you are required to register with the Town of Mansfield and provide the contact information of the individual responsible for managing your property.  Information must be updated within 21 days of any changes.  Failure to register or update your information can lead to penalties and fines. For more information, refer to the Landlord Registration Guide and Landlord Registration Ordinance. The guide is provided for reference only; actual ordinance language prevails in the case of any questions.

Initial Registration Fee: $25
Change of Address Fee:  $10
Add to Existing Registration: No Fee 

Download the Landlord Registration Form

Rental Certification and Inspections

The Town of Mansfield has adopted a housing code to ensure that residential rental units comply with minimum health, safety and maintenance requirements.  To ensure that housing standards are met, occupancy of residential rental units is prohibited unless there is a valid Certificate of Compliance for that housing unit or the unit meets one of the following exceptions:

  • Housing units restricted to persons 55 and older;

  • Housing units owned by the Mansfield Housing Authority;

  • Housing units owned by the State of Connecticut*;

  • Newly constructed housing units for the first five years after issuance of an initial Certificate of Occupancy;

  • Housing units in any building with four or fewer units if one unit is the owner’s primary residence in which he or she resides for more than six months each calendar year;

  • Single-family dwellings rented or leased for up to a year when the original owner occupant will return to that unit as his or her primary residence at the end of the rental term or lease;

  • Single family dwellings sold and rented or leased by the buyer to the seller as a condition of the sale to provide the seller with extended occupancy for up to one year.

*The exemption for housing units owned by the State shall not apply to units that are owned by an entity leasing real property from the State of Connecticut.

Violations of the certification requirements will result in automatically accruing fines of $100/day until a Certificate of Compliance is obtained.  For more information, refer to Mansfield’s Guide to Housing Code Enforcement.  This guide is provided for reference only; actual ordinance language prevails in the case of any questions.

Fee:  $150 for a two-year certificate. 

Contact the Department of Building and Housing Inspection to schedule a compliance inspection.  If you are renewing your certificate or the unit is already occupied, please submit a completed Right of Entry form for each occupant with your inspection request.

Parking

Residential rental properties with three or fewer dwelling units are required to have an approved parking plan that meets certain minimum requirements for size, location, and surfacing.  Approval of the parking plan is required prior to issuance of an initial Certificate of Compliance.  Cars parked in unauthorized areas will be subject to ticketing.

Plan Review Fee: $35/unit

Download the Residential Parking Area Plan Review Application

Maximum Occupancy

The definition of family in the Mansfield Zoning Regulations limits the number of unrelated individuals that can live in a dwelling unit regardless of the number of bedrooms or parking spaces provided.  Rental units registered with the Town prior to August 15, 2010 are allowed a maximum of 4 unrelated individuals; units registered with the Town on or after that date are allowed a maximum of 3 unrelated individuals.  Guests who frequently stay overnight at the residence may be deemed occupants for the purposes of determining compliance with these regulations. 

It is your responsibility as a landlord to ensure compliance with these limits.  To avoid violations, clearly identify occupant limits in your lease and advise tenants to limit overnight guests. Occupancy in excess of these limits may result in enforcement action and fines if not corrected, including possible revocation of your rental certificate.

Verify Maximum Legal Occupancy for Your Rental Unit

Contact the Zoning Enforcement Officer if you have any questions regarding legal occupancy for your rental unit.

Nuisance Ordinance

As a property owner, it is your responsibility to manage the behavior of your tenants.  The Town’s nuisance ordinance establishes fines and penalties for landlords for multiple violations of the nuisance ordinance.  As a landlord, you can take steps to minimize the potential for nuisance ordinance penalties, including:

  • Providing your contact information to neighbors and suggesting that they contact you directly if they have issues with tenant behavior;

  • Promptly responding to neighbor complaints regarding tenant behavior;

  • Including restrictions on guests, party size, creation of nuisances, noise and penalties for infraction in the lease;

  • Encouraging tenants to contact the Resident Trooper prior to hosting a party to get tips on how to manage the event; and

  • Communicating with tenants after complaints or issuance of an initial nuisance violation that such behavior will not be tolerated.

Resources for Landlords