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Multiple Housing Inspection Program
Preparing for Inspection
Preparing for Inspection
What can I do to prepare?
Give tenants reasonable notice of at least 72 hours before the inspection.
Make sure that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are functioning and they meet the State of California's
Review the list of common violations and make any needed repairs before the inspection.
Ensure that permits were obtained and finaled by using the
. The Building Division has a
list of projects
that do not require permits.
printable version of the checklist
Blight – remove any discarded household items, rubbish, trash, debris, tires, wood, broken concrete, metal, furniture that is not designed for outdoor use
Landscaping – no bare dirt areas in the park strip and front yard, trim any overgrown vegetation, eliminate weeds and maintain the decorative materials and live plants in good condition
Graffiti tags should be removed promptly
Exterior paint should be in good condition, not peeling
Remove any abandoned or inoperable vehicles
Garbage bins and garbage containers - no overflow, no storage in the street, no open lids
Vent screens must be secure and no missing vent screens
Downspouts that are loose, deteriorated, missing or disconnected must be repaired
Exterior walls must be maintained in good condition without any holes, missing sections or deterioration
Stairway, landing, treads and risers must be in good condition without wood rot, missing sections or deterioration
Guardrails and handrails must be well secured, must not be loose or deteriorated
Crawlspace cover must be proper fitting to seal space
Existing screens on windows and door must be intact, no rips or holes
Fire extinguishers must be recharged and date tagged annually
Exterior lighting must function and have proper covers
Off-street parking must be maintained; do not covert parking spaces into storage space.
Infestation – roaches and rodents must be eliminated using an exterminator
Roof and ceilings must be maintained in good condition without any leaks
Electrical and gas meters must be properly protected
Electrical panel cover is required
Existing laundry rooms must be kept clean, a metal can with a tight-fitting lid should be provided for lint, and the washers and dryers must function properly
Exterior walkways must be kept clear – encroachments near air conditioners, plants and other storage are prohibited
BBQ’s – propane tanks over 1 pound may not be used or stored within 10 feet of combustible material. Charcoal and LP gas grills are banned from use on apartment balconies.
Water heaters must contain minimal seismic strapping, proper drain lines, venting, etc. The installation or change-out of any water heater requires a finaled plumbing permit.
Entry doors and door jams have strike plates that are secure
Sliding glass door tracks must be free of dust, dirt and debris
Strike plates on doors and door jambs must be present and secure, not loose
No more than one security lock can be installed at the entry door.
Double- keyed locks must be replaced with standard deadbolt.
Baseboards must be secured, not loose
Ceilings and walls must be maintained in good condition without any deteriorating, holes, peeling paint, buckling or mildew
Heaters installed with finaled permit and properly functioning
No spliced wiring on electrical fixtures or appliances
Windows must be open easily and not be blocked by furniture or air conditioners.
Window tracks must be clean and function properly.
Kitchen stove burners, oven, and exhaust fans must be clean and function properly. Gas burners must ignite without the use of a match.
Kitchen exhaust fan, filters, backsplash and walls surrounding the stove areas must be kept clean; no grease.
Kitchen counters and sink surfaces must be smooth and in good condition, not cracked, chipped or missing pieces
Floor coverings in the kitchen and bathroom must be a smooth, washable surface maintained in good condition
Plumbing must be properly installed and maintained in good condition without any leaks or clogs and must provide sufficient hot water at a minimum 120 degrees
Sufficient bathroom ventilation from a window or exhaust fan
Mold growth must be removed from all surfaces
Thermostat must function properly and a cover is required
Smoke detectors must be operable and located on each floor, in hallways leading to rooms used for sleeping purposes and also in each bedroom as required by Code
Carbon monoxide detectors must be located outside each sleeping area and on each level of a dwelling (including basements). Installation must be per manufacturer’s instructions and California Building Code.
Electrical outlets, switches and cover plates must be installed properly and maintained in good condition.
All 3-prong electrical outlets must be properly grounded. If they are not grounded, then they must be replaced with 2-prong or GFCI protected outlets that are labeled “no equipment ground”.
Be aware of the types of projects that require Planning approval
Adding access gates is generally prohibited. Vehicular and pedestrian access gates are only allowed when strict criteria are met.
Carport dividers and carport conversions: While tenants may like the privacy that dividers provide, there may not be enough space to meet the standards for required distances for parking spaces.
Deck, balcony or stair repairs or replacement: Even if the repair or replacement is “like for like,” the work needs planning approval.
Garage doors: Whether new or replacements, these require planning approval.
Laundry facilities, new or replacements, require planning approval.
Storage sheds: A planning review is needed to ensure that required common area space is maintained.
200 E. Santa Clara St.
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