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, along with the applicable registration fees outlined in the City of Windsor Heights Fee Schedule. Upon receipt of the registration form and payment, the City will facilitate an inspection of the premises and issue Rental Certificates of Occupancy.  Inspections are contracted through a third-party inspection company by the City, and the contractor acts on behalf of the City.

Inspection Occurrence

How often are inspections required in order to obtain Certification?

Regular inspections of one- and two-family rental dwelling units shall be required every 18 months.  Regular inspections of multi-family rental dwelling units shall be required every 12 months.  The City will contact the property owner to notify them of the necessary steps to renew their rental certificate.  If, after reasonable attempts have been made and the property owner is not reachable or fails to respond to notices or other attempts to contact him or her, the City will contact the tenant to outline the steps necessary for rental certificate renewal.  Should it become necessary to contact a tenant to facilitate renewal required under this section, the City shall be entitled to collect additional fees from the property owner to compensate the City for the additional cost associated with this alternative inspection method.

Fee Schedule

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

Inspection Fees

The City of Windsor Heights contracts inspections with Safe Building, LLC.  The City notifies Safe Building once registration and the registration fees are paid in order to schedule the inspection.  

Property owners are responsible for inspection fees, which are paid directly to Safe Building at the time of the inspection.  Current fees are as follows:

  • Initial Inspection and first inspection in any building = $80.00
  • Each additional initial inspection (duplex or townhome) = $40.00
  • Each additional initial inspection in same building/address (apartment) = $20.00
  • Rental re-inspection (add $10.00 per additional re-inspection) = $30.00

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.