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Residential Rental Inspection Program
Jay Marlette
Building Inspector/Code Enforcement

Ph: 510-215-4363

The goal of the Residential Rental Inspection Program is to ensure that rental housing units are in compliance with the El Cerrito Municipal Code.

What constitutes a rental unit?

A rental unit includes a dwelling unit in an apartment complex, an in-law unit, a duplex, or a single-family home, which is rented or occupied by any person other than the legal owner of the property for any portion of a year, regardless of whether any compensation is received.
Note: All property owners with rental units are required to obtain a City of El Cerrito business license.


All residential rental units are subject to the code except:
  • Section 8 Housing Units that are inspected annually by the Housing Authority.
  • Newly constructed residential rental units less than five (5) years old.   
  • Units occupied by the legal owner of the property

Did you receive a notice that you are due for an inspection?

If you have received written notice from the City of El Cerrito that you are due for an inspection, please follow the directions stated in the notice. You can register your rental property here.

If you have any questions regarding the administration of this program, please contact Jay Marlette, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement, at 510-215-4363.

Resources for Landlords: 

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