Multiple-Family Dwelling Inspection Program

About the Program

The purpose of the Multi-Family Dwelling (MFD) Inspection and Maintenance Program is to identify blighted and deteriorated housing stock and provide for the rehabilitation of housing that does not meet minimum building, housing and property maintenance code standards. The MFD program ensures, through inspections that multi-family dwelling units are safe to occupy and preserves the quality of life for residents.

The Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection and Maintenance Program is mandatory for all multi-unit residential rental complexes of six units or more.

Inspections and Time for Corrections

Inspections are performed on a periodic basis. Property owners are notified through a letter of intent to inspect a property a minimum of two week prior to the inspection date. Owners are provided a check list and other informative material pertaining to the inspection process.

Under the MFD guidelines the inspected properties are provided a reasonable period time for corrections. This time period ranges from 24 hours to up to 120 days, depending upon the scope and severity of the violations.

Business License and Fees

Properties subject to the MFD program must hold a current businesses license which must be renewed annually. Please visit the City’s Business and Professions Tax website for more information: Business and Professional Licenses

The MFD annual service fee is charged in accordance with the City of South Lake Tahoe Schedule of Fees. The MFD fee is used to finance the full cost of inspection and enforcement and it’s collected as part of the business license renewal.

MFD Program (PDF)

City Permitting Requirements (PDF)

Common Area List Inspection Guide (PDF) 

Dwelling Unit List Inspection Guide (PDF) 

Smoke & CO Detector Information (PDF)

List of properties Certified Exceptional (PDF) by the City of South Lake Tahoe Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection and Maintenance Program. Properties obtain this level of certification by passing three successive annual inspections.

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According to the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Article 5, Section 42: “A manager, janitor, housekeeper, or other responsible person shall reside upon the premises and shall have charge of every apartment house in which there are 16 or more apartments, and of every hotel in which there are 12 or more guest rooms, in the event that the owner of any such apartment house or hotel does not reside upon said premises. Only one caretaker would be required for all structures under one ownership and on one continuous parcel of land. If the owner does not reside upon the premises of any apartment house in which there are more than four but less than 16 apartments, a notice stating his name and address, or the name and address of his agent in charge of the apartment house, shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises.”

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