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Residential Rental Inspection Program
Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch
Development Services Manager

Ph: 510-215-4332

The goal of the Residential Rental Inspection Program is to ensure that rental housing units are decent, safe and sanitary 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.

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 for the first 2 years from the occupancy approval date.
  • Units occupied by the legal owner of the property

If you have any questions regarding the administration of this program, please contact Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch, Development Services Manager, at 510-215-4332.

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