Rental Inspections

Program Overview

Any rental property within the City of Windsor Heights must comply with regulations outlined in City Code Chapter 156.  The rental program is coordinated by the Windsor Heights Fire Department.

The purpose of the code is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public. The housing code enforcement of minimum property standards is a major part of conserving our City’s older housing stock. The Code has been designed to provide both investor/owners and tenants general information on the housing code, and inspection fees assessed to property owners for performing inspections on rental property.

The housing code enforcement process begins with your commitment to provide adequate, safe and sanitary living conditions. It takes the joint effort of investors/owners and the City to ensure, as a property owner or tenant, you are familiar with health and safety conditions that not only affect an individual’s living environment, but the quality of life in our city.

View the Rental Housing Inspection Checklist (PDF) for more information.

Program Scope

What does the program cover?

Chapter 156 of the Code of Ordinances applies to all properties or portions thereof which are occupied on a rental basis or if in return for housing, a tenant agrees to occupy and maintain the premises and pay utilities.

Inspection Process

What is the process for obtaining a Rental Certificate of Occupancy?

All owners of rental property must comply with the Code standards. All property owners shall submit a Rental Property Registration Form requesting a Rental Certificate of Occupancy. Upon receipt of the registration form and payment, the City will facilitate an inspection of the premises and issue Rental Certificates of Occupancy.

Inspection Occurrence

How often are inspections required in order to obtain Certification?

Inspections are required every eighteen (18) months in order to maintain a valid Rental Certificate of Occupancy. The property owner or property custodian must submit a the Rental Property Registration Form to the Fire Department at 1133 66th St  prior to scheduling any inspection.

Fee Schedule

City code requires that ALL rental properties have a valid Certificate of Inspection before occupancy is allowed. Fees are payable to the City of Windsor Heights at the Public Safety building, 1133 66th St PRIOR to any inspection or re-inspection.

Rental Housing Conversion Fee

The fee is $250 per building.

Rental Housing Inspection/Certification Rates

The registration fee is $35.00 for a single family dwelling; $50 for a duplex; and $150 for an apartment building.  Any additional units beyond a duplex are $15 per unit.  If an owner cannot be identified or reached for the rental certificate renewal, and additional fee of $25 will apply.

Once the registration fees have been paid to the City, the City will facilitate the inspection of the property.  Fees associated with the inspection are paid directly to the third party company completing the inspections and the fees are set by the third party inspection company.

Download the Rental Registration Form by clicking here.