Anyone wishing to rent out a store, office, apartment, or house must register as a landlord and have the structure inspected and approved for occupancy on a biennial basis.
After receipt of the application and fees, an appointment must be made. Once the property is inspected and approved, the Building Official will issue a certificate of compliance.
- Rental Inspection Checklist
- Landlord Application
- Landlord/Tenants Practical Guide
- Does the structure have adequate and safe electrical service?
- Is the plumbing in good repair?
- Is the heating system in safe working order? If the heating unit is more than 5 years old it must be inspected by a professional.
- Is the chimney in good repair?
- Are the walls/ceiling, floors and floor coverings in good condition without cracks or holes?
- Are there storm windows and screens in all window frames? Are window frames rotted, unpainted, in disrepair?
- Are there any missing, broken or cracked windows? Do windows need caulking?
- Are there screen/storm doors on the front and rear of the rental units? Are solid entrance doors in good condition with proper security locks?
- Are all of porches, steps, skirting of the house and other wood on the exterior rotted, in disrepair? Or in need of paint? Are railings secured? Does the roof leak?
- Are the rain pipes in good repair?
- Is the structure free of roaches and rodents?
- Is the garage or shed rotted, open, filled with debris, in need of roofing or paint?
- Are the surrounding grounds free of trash, abandoned vehicles, vehicle parts and overgrown weeds and grass?
- Are fences and gates in good condition and working order?
- Are sidewalks surrounding the property in good shape and not a danger to walk over?
- Is there wood and miscellaneous trash stored under the structure, in the basement, in the attic, or in the garage creating a rodent haven and health hazard?
- Are there sufficient trash containers?
- Is there a smoke detector in each residential unit of the dwelling? Is there a minimum of one smoke detector per floor? Is there one smoke detector in each bedroom?
Rental properties are inspected to ensure the following.
These are only examples and are not all-inclusive. Inspectors following the National Property Maintenance Code.