Help For Tenants (or Renters)
A tenant may request an inspection of their rental unit to identify code violations. Tenants are encouraged to first contact their landlord about needed repair or maintenance services. However, if the landlord does not respond, a tenant can request an inspection of the inside of their apartment and the outside public areas of the property. A full inspection report is mailed to the property owner in the form of a violation notice.
Property owners are given a limited amount of time to correct violations. If corrections are not made, the property owner is subject to legal action through the Code Enforcement Board or County court. The tenant's name and telephone number is recorded in a database case record. This information is needed in order to schedule an appointment for the inspection and to record who gave permission to inspect. The tenant must be present when the inspection is conducted. The tenant should also cooperate by allowing the landlord access to appropriate areas of the property in order to perform needed repairs.
Requirements for Rental Property Owners
In addition to requirements for federal, state and local licensing, taxes, etc., owners of residential rental property in St. Petersburg must maintain the property as required by the minimum property maintenance and zoning codes.
In addition to performing inspections at the request of a resident tenant, the department may inspect rental units through the following two rental housing inspection programs authorized under the code: