You must attach the house number to the outside of the building. It needs to be large enough that people can see it from the street.
You are responsible for plumbing, heating, and electrical equipment. If you don't live on the property, you have to post a sign with your contact information. It must be next to the mailboxes.
ENTRIES AND EXITS
Each unit should have as many ways to exit as possible. You must keep all exits clean and in good condition. The tenant can only be responsible for snow removal if the exit only serves their unit. You must put this in the lease.
Main entry doors on buildings with more than four units must close and lock on their own. They also need to run on an electric striker system.
LIGHTS AND STAIRWAYS
If you’re a property owner, you must give your tenants light bulbs for common area lights. You can put common area lights on a tenant’s meter if the building has three units or less. Your tenant needs to agree to this, and the control for the lights must be in their unit.
You have to install handrails on all stairways. All structures more than 30 inches off the ground must have a wall or guardrail that’s at least 36 inches tall. All structural elements need to be in good condition and fit to use. They must also be weather tight. Structural elements include walls, floors, ceilings, and stairs.
TRASH, SEPTIC SYSTEMS, AND PESTS
You must need to give your tenants trash barrels if your building has more than three units. You’re also responsible for moving them to the curb on trash day. Trash barrels should be durable and have tight-fitting lids. If there are less than three units in your building, the tenant can be responsible for trash barrels.
As a property owner, you need to make sure the land and property is clean and safe to use. Your tenants are responsible for keeping their units clean and sanitary.
The Housing Division oversees Title 5 inspections of sewer systems. If you're a property owner, you need to have your septic system inspected and checked regularly. Our department investigates complaints. File a report of a septic backup.
If there are two or more units in your building, you are responsible for paying for a pest extermination. An extermination includes:
- sealing off entry points
- getting rid of food and nesting sources, and
- cleaning and disinfecting all affected areas.