Inspections

Inspections of rental property shall be performed by the City Code Enforcement Officer, the full-time Fire Fighter, the Fire Chief, and/or the Building Official.

All properties shall be inspected at least once every three (5) years. Newly registered rental properties shall be inspected within six (6) months of the property being registered with the City.

The Storm Lake Rental Inspection Program requires that all smoke detectors  be inspected every
 six (6) months. The owner or the owner’s designated manager, who must be at least 18 years of age, shall inspect all required smoke detectors in his/her rental unit(s) between July 1 and July 31 and again between January 1 and January 31. The owner or the owner’s designated manager shall ensure that all such smoke detectors are 
installed and working properly in accordance with the city code.

Properties will NOT be inspected as a part of a contingency for a real estate sales transaction.

Sample list of items inspected (see rental inspection form for more detail):
Exterior Structural Issues
Sidewalk Compliance
Electrical Safety Items
Plumbing/Heating Items
Fire Safety Items
Property Maintenance Code
Structural Items
Ingress/Egress Items
Sanitation Items
Emergency Response