Business Journal: City May Okay Apartment Inspections
Apartment dwellers might find code enforcement inspectors at their door if Sacramento’s City Council approves a new inspection program.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Under the new program, inspectors would visit every rental community more than five years old and inspect 10 percent of the units. After that, apartment owners could self-certify their buildings. The building owners would be handed the bill -- an annual fee of $28 per unit. That could generate close to $10 million over the next five years, enough to fund the new program and additional hires. But apartment owners say the flat fee unfairly singles out large apartment communities. They want a lower flat fee paired with a per-unit fee. Sacramento wouldn’t be the first city to enact a program like this. Los Angeles, Pasadena and Stockton have their own inspection programs. Right now, Sacramento apartments are only inspected if there is a complaint. The program will come up before the City Council March 4.