Rental Housing Inspection Program

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On February 16th, 2017 the City Council voted to suspend any new inspections as part of the Rental Housing Inspection Program. 

For more information, you are invited to contact our Rental Housing Hotline at (805) 594-8189 or by email at

Reports for the meeting on 2/16/17 are  available for review in the City Clerk’s Office. Please call (805) 781-7100 for more information. The City Council meeting will be recorded and available online.


Quarterly Update and Annual Report:

Quarterly updates include registrations, inspections and amnesty statistics for the noted period:

You can now subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when the Rental Housing Inspection Program web page is updated. Make sure to check Rental Housing Inspection under the News section.

During the City Council Meeting of May 17, 2016, the first annual report regarding the program was presented. During the meeting Council adopted a resolution extending the program, as reflected in the meeting minutes. The topic was addressed again at the September 20, 2016 City Council meeting during Public Comment where, "By majority, the City Council directed staff to agendize a review of the Rental Housing Inspection Ordinance at a future City Council Meeting in March 2017". Correspondences on this topic directed to Council since this meeting may be viewed here.


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.