Rental Housing Inspection Program


Quarterly update on the Rental Housing Inspection Program dated Oct. 6, 2016.

This update includes registrations, inspections and amnesty statistics for the period of

August 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016

The next update will be posted on January 2017.

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Fundamental Purpose of Program:

  • Provide for safe, livable and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods
  • Promote public health and safety by the elimination of substandard conditions
  • Promote community standards for maintenance of properties.

This is a lawful and legal program conducted by jurisdictions throughout the U.S. At least 25 cities in the State of California have similar laws on the books. Our program was developed based on the best practices identified  by those jurisdictions.


Additional Information:


Registration and Inspection


Forms and Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

If you were unable to attend our workshops, a copy of the presentation is available here

Impacts of the Ohio Decision 2016 on the Rental Housing Inspection Program available here


The City Council’s 2013-15 Neighborhood Wellness Major City Goal involved pursuing the creation of a Rental Housing Inspection Program. The work effort extended over two years and relied on previous work efforts that addressed the same impacts on neighborhood wellness.

On December 16, 2014, City Staff presented a comprehensive report which included statistical data, surveys and extensive research of other cities with existing programs. According to the 2010 Census, the City had 20,553 dwelling units and 61.8% were rentals, which is higher than the statewide average of 43%.  The data also indicated that the proportion of rental units has trended upwards.  As properties are converted from owner-occupied units to rentals, a number of potential challenges could impact neighborhood wellness and stability.

On May 5, 2015, the Rental Housing Inspection Ordinance was proposed to City Council pursuant to the direction given to city staff at the December 16, 2014 meeting. The new ordinance was adopted on May 19, 2015. 

Read the City Ordinance: Rental Housing Inspection Chapter 15.10

Read the City Council Report: City Council Agenda 05-05-15


For questions or to request more information about the Rental Housing Inspection Program, please leave a message on our hotline 805-594-8189.