Rental Inspections
What Code Officers Are Looking For
In multiple unit buildings, the Code Compliance Officer will inspect the exterior property area, all interior common areas, basements, and 20% of all dwelling units. In single family rental homes, the entire exterior and interior is inspected. The Code Compliance Officers are looking for violations of the property maintenance code and other codes adopted by the City of Elgin. Items such as leaky plumbing fixtures, broken windows, peeling paint, electrical problems, and overcrowding are an example of the types of issues found in the code.

For safety, the city strictly enforces the state law that requires installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for every residence.

For detailed information about what code officers look for in an inspection, view the Rental License Pre-Inspection Guide. 

If You Do Not Pass Inspection
If the Code Compliance Officer finds that your property is not in compliance with the building or property maintenance codes at the time of the inspection, you and the code officer will work together to determine a reasonable time frame to correct the code violations.

The Code Compliance Division will send you information in the mail describing what needs to be corrected and give you a date for compliance. You will also receive an explanation of the steps that the Code Compliance Division must take if your building remains in violation. By law, the Code Compliance Division will be required to revoke your building's temporary certificate if your property does not pass the second inspection.