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    Sec. 11-166. Inspection of Residential Rental Dwelling Units.

     

    Sec. 11-166. Inspection of residential rental dwelling units.
     
    (a) The building maintenance official shall cause periodic inspections to be made of residential rental dwelling units located in those areas of the city covered by this article to determine if the residential rental dwelling units are being used as residential rental dwelling units and to ensure compliance with the provisions of the uniform statewide building code. After such inspection, the owner and the managing agent, if any, will be provided with a list of any violations found and the date by which such violations must be corrected. The failure to correct such violations within the designated time period shall constitute a violation of this article and also may result in revocation of the certificate of compliance.
     
    (b) Upon determination that the residential rental dwelling unit is in compliance with part iii of the Virginia uniform statewide building code, maintenance of existing structures and all other applicable codes, standards and ordinances, a certificate of compliance will be issued to the owner or managing agent.
     
    (c) Periodic inspections for a specific property under this section shall not occur more than once each calendar year.
     
    (d) Nothing in this division shall prohibit an inspection of any residential rental dwelling unit for a possible violation of the Virginia uniform statewide building code pursuant to a complaint.
     
    (e) If a multifamily development has more than ten (10) residential rental dwelling units, in the initial and periodic inspections, the inspections division shall inspect only a sampling of the residential rental dwelling units, of not less than two (2) and not more than ten percent (10%) of the residential rental dwelling units, of a multifamily development, which includes all of the multifamily buildings which are part of that multifamily development. If upon inspection of the sampling of residential rental dwelling units violations of the building code are found that affect the safe, decent and sanitary living conditions of tenants, the inspections division may inspect as many residential rental dwelling units as necessary to enforce the building code.
     
    (f) After the initial or periodic inspection of a residential rental dwelling unit, the inspections division has the authority under the building code to require the owner of the residential rental dwelling unit to submit to such follow-up inspections of the residential rental dwelling unit as the inspections division deems necessary, until such time as the residential rental dwelling unit is brought into compliance with the provisions of the building code that affect the safe, decent and sanitary living conditions for the tenants.
     
    (g) After the initial or periodic inspection of a residential rental dwelling unit for compliance with the building code, provided that there are no violations of the building code that affect the safe, decent and sanitary living conditions for the tenants of such residential rental dwelling unit, the inspections division shall provide, to the owner of such residential rental dwelling unit, an exemption from the rental property inspection ordinance for four (4) years. Upon the sale of a residential rental dwelling unit, the inspections division may perform a periodic inspection, subsequent to such sale. If a residential rental dwelling unit has been issued a certificate of occupancy within the last four (4) years, an exemption shall be granted for a minimum period of four (4) years from the date of issuance of the certificate of occupancy by the inspections division. If the residential rental dwelling unit becomes in violation of the building code during the exemption period, the inspections division may revoke the exemption previously granted under this section. (Ord. of 10-28-03, O-03-177, eff. 10-1-03; Ord. No. O-05-032, 3-8-05)
     
    Last updated date: 10/23/2006 4:15:21 PM