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Sep 11

Rental Property Inspections Ensure Safe Housing Conditions

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:36 AM by Communications Department

Last fall, the Newport News City Council enacted an ordinance that established Residential Rental Property Inspection districts and required owners of affected properties to obtain periodic inspections. The program works to ensure that tenants are living in safe and sanitary conditions and helps to prevent single family homes becoming illegal boarding houses. Three inspection districts were established within the downtown and Southeast Community. rental small

The Department of Codes Compliance initiated the Residential Rental Property Inspection program this summer, notifying the owners of approximately 3,500 rental units in the first district (downtown area) of the need to file an application with Codes Compliance to arrange for an inspection. The cost of the inspection is $50 for single-family properties and $100 for a multifamily property. Rented houses and apartments that have been inspected and found to be free of safety or code violations are exempt from further inspections for four years. Rental property owners who do not have a compliance certificate showing a completed inspection cannot legally house tenants. As of September 8, 184 rental inspection applications have been received and 13 inspections have been performed so far with more scheduled for this week. Minor code violations have been discovered at all but one property and staff is working with the property owners to have the deficiencies corrected.  If a violation is found during an inspection, it must be corrected within a specified time period and the house will be re-inspected to confirm the violation has been corrected. Properties with violations that pose a threat to health or safety are required to be vacated. The program will start in the other two districts in the coming months.

To learn more about the Residential Rental Property Inspection program visit the Department of Codes Compliance website.