Commonly-Found Housing ViolationsUpdated October 2012
The following list is not intended to be complete or all inclusive. It should be used as a guide for making necessary repairs prior to the scheduled inspection date.
Doors and Windows
Multi-Family Housing Inspection Program
The city performs systematic inspections of all properties with three or more rental units in order to ensure the health and safety of citizens as well as protect and enhance property values.
The frequency of inspection is set by the city based upon the age and condition of the property as well as the maintenance practices of the owner.
Inspections are performed under the guidance of the International Property Maintenance Code and other codes as adopted by the City of Littleton. The owner(s) of the property will be responsible for the correction of all violations as required by the city.
The International Codes, including the International Property Maintenance Code can be purchased by contacting the International Code Council. Littleton codes can be accessed from the Municipal Codes site.
See the list of common violations in the box at left.
A copy of inspection requirements will be mailed to the owner of record prior to inspection. Inspections are required for all units occupied or vacant and all other interior and exterior common areas.
Owners or their representatives will be required to escort the inspector during all inspections and provide access to all units and areas to be inspected.
Owners or their representatives should be prepared for the inspections by having the resident consent forms and also, having available all of the necessary keys to open all units and any other areas subject to inspection. The resident consent forms need to be signed, completed and available on the day of the inspection prior to any inspection being performed.
Properties that have met the required minimum standard will be issued a certificate of compliance.
Properties that do not meet the minimum standards within the required correction dates are subject to re-inspection fees, court summons and/or abatement of the property. Inspection fees are charged per unit if a second re-inspection is required. Units that have certain life safety violations may be posted “Unfit for Human Habitation” and required to be vacated.
- Initial inspection — no charge
- First re-inspection — no charge
- Second re-inspection — $100.00 per unit or area inspected.
Note: Court summons may be issued at any time during the inspection process due to noncompliance, failure to make sufficient progress, a serious violation, or if the owner is uncooperative. If access in not granted, a right-of-entry warrant will be obtained by the city official. Failure to make required repairs may result in the city abating, vacating or demolishing dangerous buildings or units. The cost of such action will be the responsibility of the owner of the property and may become a lien on the property. Tenants are required to keep units clean, sanitary and free of clutter and to report defects to the property owner or manager in a timely manner.