During rental licensing inspection, community services staff will inspect the exterior of a property for compliance with the city’s property maintenance code. Use the following checklist to ensure your property is in compliance.
All residential buildings are required to have address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.
These numbers shall contrast with their background and shall be a minimum of four inches in height with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch.
Exterior Wall Surfaces
All exterior surfaces, including but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, and balconies, are maintained in good condition, free of damaged material and holes which may let in rain, moisture, insects or animals.
Exterior surfaces should be shielded from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment.
All exterior surfaces are free of peeling, flaking and chipped paint.
Every window, skylight, door and frame is in sound condition, good repair and weather tight.
All windows and doors fit tightly within the frame and are in good working condition.
All glazing materials are free from cracks and holes.
Screens and frames are in good repair and free of breaks or holes.
All awnings are in good repair.
Roofing + Stairs
Roof, eaves and soffits are structurally sound, not damaged and will not admit rain or animals.
All guttering and downspouts are in good repair, free of leaves and debris
Stairs, Decks, Porches + Balconies
Every exterior stairway, deck, porch and balcony is structurally sound, in good repair, and capable of supporting the imposed loads.
Every handrail and guard is in good condition, firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads.
Every exterior flight of stairs having more than four risers has at least one handrail on
one side of the stair and every open portion of a stair, landing, balcony, porch, deck, ramp or other walking surface which is more than 30 inches above grade has a guard.
All accessory structures, including detached garages, sheds, fences and walls, or other similar structures are structurally sound and in good repair.
All accessory structures are free of peeling, flaking and chipped paint.
Exterior Storage of Items
All items stored outside in the side or rear yards are screened from view of the adjacent neighbors and streets.
Items such as neatly stacked firewood, play equipment and barbeque grills do not have to be screened from view.
Hard Surfaces, Walkways + Driveways
All sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas are in a good state of repair.
All vehicles are parked on driveways, designated parking spaces or in the street, if
Any inoperable, disabled or unlicensed vehicles are parked or stored within an enclosed structure.
Recreational vehicles, boats, campers or trailers are parked or stored in accordance with city ordinance.
Trees + Shrubs
The property is free of dead trees and broken or dead limbs that present a hazard to the public.
Trees and shrubs are trimmed to
eliminate sight distance problems on corner property and to allow proper clearance at public rights-of-way.
Tall Weeds + Grass
Lawns are mowed and trimmed so that no grass and weeds are allowed to exceed eight inches in length.