Concerned about its aging housing stock, Citrus Heights will establish a proactive inspection program to ensure the proper maintenance of rental properties in the city.

The program will be funded by fees on rental properties, with inspections of both single-family and multifamily units beginning in July 2019.

On a 4-1 vote on Aug. 9, the City Council directed city staff to draft an ordinance for adoption before the end of the year. Councilman Bret Daniels, who cast the lone vote against the motion, questioned the need to create a proactive inspection program. He pointed to data that indicated only 2 percent of the city’s 14,800 rental units generated housing code complaints to the city in the past year.

Mayor Steve Miller joined council members Jeannie Bruins, Al Fox and Jeff Slowey in voting to support …

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