Many of San Francisco’s more than 200,000 buildings are more than 50 years old. Therefore, it is critical that building owners remain vigilant in ensuring their properties are properly maintained and safe for their tenants. When these older properties were built, code requirements may not be as restrictive as today’s codes for new construction.
If you are the owner of an apartment building in San Francisco, it is important to periodically inspect your building or to have a professional inspect it for you, to prevent unsafe conditions. Preventive maintenance, or addressing a problem before it develops, significantly reduces risks to residents and potentially costly repairs.
Housing Inspection Services (HIS) implements and enforces the San Francisco Housing Code and pertinent related City Codes. HIS establishes and maintains minimum maintenance standards for existing residential buildings to safeguard life, limb, health, property, and public welfare by conducting periodic health and safety inspections and responding to tenant complaints.
What to expect with a routine housing inspection:
- Housing Inspection Services sends a letter to the owner with an inspection date.
- A Maintenance Checklist is included to provide owners with an overview of what to look for. (Chinese) (Spanish)
- An inspector will inspect the premises to ensure that minimum maintenance standards are maintained and for any health or safety hazards.
Property Owner Responsibilities:
It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain minimum maintenance standards for their properties. We encourage building owners and managers to create regular communication channels with their tenants in ensuring a safe and habitable housing environment. If a tenant can report a building issue to the owner early on, he or she would be able to fix the problem immediately, to prevent the problem from worsening.
If you have any questions, please contact Housing Inspection Services at (415) 558-6220.
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