Anaheim approves self-inspection program for rental housing

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The city of Anaheim on Tuesday unanimously approved a self-inspection program for multi-family housing, allowing property managers to examine apartments themselves — without paying inspection fees.

This represents a big improvement over Anaheim’s original proposal to charge property owners $16 per unit for city officials to handle the inspections.

After learning of this proposal last year, the California Apartment Association immediately began negotiations with the city.

Over a nine-month period, CAA’s South Coast/Orange County division successfully eliminated the fee and created the self-inspection program.

 To show further support of CAA, the Anaheim City Council amended the ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting to limit the self-inspection requirement to communities older than 20 years instead of 10 years.

“We worked hard to ensure that the program is not burdensome or intrusive to your daily operations,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of CAA South Coast/Orange County. “There is no cost or fee. You will simply need to sign a form stating that your community meets health and safety minimums.”

Once property managers and owners sign the form and return it to the city, they will be set for five years and receive a certificate. The program is slated to begin in August.

“Anaheim is simply trying to weed out the blighted areas,” Thompson said, “and they do not want to penalize the good guys.”

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