Rental Housing Inspection Program


Program Overview:


All residential rental units which are single family dwellings, duplexes and some condominiums are required to be registered in the Rental Housing Inspection Program.  Each of the units is required to have an inspection every 3 years.  Those units which pass an initial city conducted inspection and have no code violations at the end of the 3 years can apply for the self-certification program.


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.