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  • Are certain properties exempt from the rental code?

  • Are closet lights required or allowed?

  • Are there parking requirements for a rental property?

  • Can I appeal a decision made about my rental property at the time of my routine inspection?

  • Can I have a property inspected before I purchase it?

  • Can my gas fired furnace and water heater be located in or in close proximity to a bedroom or bathroom?

  • Does the property owner need to be present for the routine inspection or the re-inspection?

  • How do I know if my property is considered a "rental" property?

  • How do I register my rental property?

  • How do I remove my rental property from rental registration?

  • How do I update my rental contact information?

  • How many ground-fault protected outlets does a rental property need in the kitchen? In the bathroom?

  • How often will my rental property need to be inspected in order to maintain a Letter of Compliance?

  • How will I be notified of an upcoming inspection?

  • I heard there were new requirements for automatic alarm systems in apartments. Does this affect all apartments?

  • If I am purchasing an already registered rental, do I need to have an inspection?

  • Is a bathroom required to have a bath fan?

  • Is gravel an approved parking material?

  • Is it true that a single furnace serving multiple units is not allowed?

  • Is there a fee for a routine rental inspection?

  • Required Smoke Detectors

  • What are the general expectations for the exterior of a rental property?

  • What are the requirements for smoke detectors?

  • What are the rules about having open-flame cooking devices on a deck?

  • What is a Fuel Burning Appliance Certification form and when do I need to provide one for my mechanical equipment?

  • What is a Knox Box and do I need one?

  • What material is safe for a clothes dryer vent?

  • What type of fire extinguisher do I need to provide for my rental property?

  • What type of smoke detector should I install in my rental property?

  • Where am I required to have an egress window/emergency escape opening?

  • Where can I find information to help me prepare for a rental inspection?

  • Who do I contact if I need to re-schedule my inspection?

  • Who is responsible for the extermination of insects and rodents in a structure?