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What do you look for during an inspection?
The Residential Rental Inspection Program inspection normally takes 15-20 minutes. The program's scope includes interior unit conditions as well as exterior conditions such as parking lots, driveways, landscaping and accessory structures, fences, walls, trash enclosures, swimming pools, hot tubs and spas. The inspector will also check for electrical work and fire hazards. The owner or owner's designee must accompany the inspector during the inspection. A designee must be 18 years or older to give the inspector access to the unit. Tenants are welcome to be present during the inspection. All units will be inspected in one day or, in cases of large complexes, over a series of pre-scheduled days. The inspector's focus is identifying substandard maintenance conditions that do not meet the minimum standards established by local and state laws.

Residential Rental Inspection Program

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1. What is the purpose of the Residential Rental Inspection Program?
2. What are the steps of the Rental Inspection Program for an owner?
3. Are Section 8 units exempt from the City's Rental Inspection Program?
4. I can't make the date of inspection, can I re-schedule?
5. What do you look for during an inspection?
6. What happens if violations are noted during the inspection?
7. What if the violations aren't corrected within the time period provided?
8. Will the property owner receive documentation of the Residential Rental Inspection Program results?
9. What if violations of the Residential Rental Inspection Program occur during the two-year period?
10. Is a business license required for rental property in El Cerrito?
11. Who do I contact about the Residential Rental Inspection Program?

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