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News Release

January 19, 2006

CONTACT: Code and Neighborhood Services

Rental housing inspection program

The City of Moreno Valley has created a Rental Housing Inspection Program (RHIP) to fight blight and eliminate life safety hazards. City officials will introduce a proposed Rental Housing Program ordinance at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2006, in the Council Chamber, located at 14177 Frederick Street. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The primary purpose of the Rental Housing Inspection Program is to promote public health, safety, and welfare through a systematic approach to identify and correct code violations involving residential rental properties within the City.

“Our goal is to reduce substandard housing by making sure renters have safe, decent and habitable living conditions,” said Code and Neighborhood Services Manager, Mike Burnaz. “Similar programs in other cities have been highly successful in ensuring rental housing units meet the minimum standards set by State housing laws and Municipal Codes,” he said.

Under the proposed ordinance, rental housing units will be inspected on a bi-annual basis to determine compliance with the City’s Municipal Code. Properties that fail inspection will be repaired at the owner’s expense to obtain the required level of compliance.

The RHIP will be self supporting, and will not require taxpayers dollars once established. Property owners with rental unit(s) in Moreno Valley will be required to maintain a current business license and the City will collect an inspection fee to cover the cost of the bi-annual inspection.

Some properties may be exempt from the requirements of the RHIP. They include hotels, motels and similar occupancies. Other properties free from the new requirements are rental units located in a mobile home park and properties leased by federal, state, county or local government agencies. For more information on Moreno Valley’s Rental Housing Inspection Program, call the Code and Neighborhood Services Division at 951.413.3340.