If you own a home that you rent out to others, you have a legal and moral obligation to maintain the home to a certain standard. If you do not, you could face fines, penalties and even jail time for violating Columbus City Codes.

Negligent property owners are about to get a rude awakening: Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is soon asking the City Council to increase the severity of fines and jail time for negligent landlords. In addition, the Mayor is asking for over a half million dollars to hire additional code enforcement officers.

"Those... must be held accountable," said the Mayor. "If they are unmotivated to take care of their.