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Rental Property Inspections

The City inspects rental property to ensure residents have safe and healthy housing conditions, and so that neighborhoods can remain vibrant.

Single family rental property inspections are conducted every other year. Apartment building inspections are conducted every year and include a review of all common spaces, exterior grounds and garages, and one floor of all apartment units

Complaints regarding property maintenance should be discussed with the landlord or property manager first. Maintenance issues that are not corrected should be reported to the City and an inspection will be conducted

Smoke alarms

A smoke alarm is required in each bedroom and on every level. Test the smoke alarms often and change the batteries frequently to be sure they are working properly.

Good

Remember to change an alarm's battery frequently.
A smoke alarm is required in each bedroom and on every level.

Bad

This alarm is not working. Be sure to test them often.

Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms

Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms detect poisonous gases that are odorless and can be deadly. A working CO alarm must be located within 10 feet of every bedroom in the home.

Good

This carbon monoxide alarm is plugged in and working.

Bad

This carbon monoxide alarm is expired and needs to be replaced.

Plumbing

All pipes, drains, faucets and other plumbing fixtures must be in good working order with no leaks or backups. Major plumbing repairs will likely require a licensed plumber and a permit from the City.

Good

This faucet is in good working order.
This fixture is correctly installed with no leaks.

Bad

Duct tape is not an acceptable way of fixing a plumbing issue.
This plumbing setup does not work properly

Electrical

Electrical outlets and light switches must be working and have a proper cover plate to prevent electric shock and fires. Extension cords should not be used with space heaters or other appliances.

Good

Light switches and outlets must have a proper cover plate.

Bad

This electrical outlet does not have a cover plate.
This outlet strip was improperly used and caused a fire hazard.

Appliances

Appliances in the home must be in working order including the oven, stovetop, microwave, clothes washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, water softener, etc. Not all appliances are required, but if they are in the home, they must be in working condition.

Good

This gas burner is clean and in working order.
This appliance is functional.

Bad

This refrigerator is used in a way that poses a health hazard.
This gas burner is very dirty and could be a fire hazard.

Utilities

The water supply must be working with no leaks in the water lines, toilets, or facets. Gas and electrical service must be active and working properly. Every home must have its own garbage service for weekly trash removal.

Good

This water line is working with no issues.
Gas service is active and working properly.
This home has working electrical service.

Bad

Trash service is not set up, which lead to piles in the garage.

Windows

Windows must be in good repair, able to be locked, and have screens in the summer months from May 15 to October 15.

Good

This window is in good repair and has screens for summer months.
This window opens properly and can be locked.

Bad

This window is in poor condition.
This window has broken glass.

Public areas

Interior public areas including hallways, stairways, entryways, and laundry rooms must be accessible and maintained, and all exit doors must be well lit.  Exterior public areas like sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and stairways must be in good condition with snow and ice removed in the winter. 

Good

This hallway is clean, well-lit and accessible.

Bad

This sidewalk is cracked and uneven, which is a safety hazard.
This garbage bin is overflowing and spilling onto the floor.

Handrails and guards

All stairways with four or more steps and landings higher than 30-inches must have handrails or guardrails which are firmly fastened and in good repair.

Good

This four-step exterior stairway includes a guardrail.
This interior staircase includes a handrail.

Bad

This 30-inch exterior landing does not have an installed guardrail.

Roof, siding and foundation

The roof, siding and foundation of the property must be in good condition with no holes, cracks, missing siding or peeling paint.

Good

This roof is in good condition.

Bad

This siding is warped and has several large gaps.
This roof has severe damage and needs to be repaired.

Sanitation and infestations

The inside and outside of the property must be kept clean with no garbage, junk or trash laying around.   

Good

This bedroom is clean.

Bad

This room is filled with junk or garbage.

Exterior property areas

The exterior of the property must be kept clean of junk and garbage. Vehicles must be licensed, operable and parked on the driveway. The grass must be cut, and garbage cans must be stored in the garage or out of public view.  

Good

This property's exterior is clean and well maintained with a proper parking lot.

Bad

This exterior has overflowing trash bags laying on the ground and in view.