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Commonly-Found Housing Violations

Updated 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.

Appliances
  • Appliances missing, inoperable or improperly installed
  • Missing TPR overflow pipe on water heater
  • Appliance venting damaged or missing
  • Damaged baseboard heat radiator

Doors and Windows

  • Improperly installed or operating security devices (locks, deadbolts and window locks)
  • Holes in doors, screens and broken or missing glass
  • Improperly installed or operating doors and windows
  • Blocked exits — bars on windows
Egress
  • Lack of proper egress or obstructed egress
Electrical
  • Loose, frayed, broken or exposed electrical wires
  • Improperly installed outlets or switches (reverse polarity or non-grounded)
  • Missing or broken outlet or switch covers
  • Missing breaker blanks in breaker panel
  • Missing or damaged light fixture covers
Fire
  • Blocked exits (including common areas)
  • Improperly stored flammable materials
  • Excessive accumulation of debris
  • Missing, inoperable, improperly installed or improperly located smoke detectors (install in each bedroom and in hallway)
  • Missing, inoperable fire exit signs or lighting
  • Damaged or missing fire rated doors, holes in walls or ceilings
  • Storage in furnace/water heater closets, laundry rooms or boiler rooms, etc.
Walking surfaces
  • Tripping hazards (including carpeting, doorways, sidewalks)
  • Flooring rotted, weak ( movement under load, damaged or missing sub-floor)
  • Excessive wear or tears in floor cover
  • Floor covering contaminated by water
Plumbing
  • Leaky pipes
  • Improperly installed or improperly repaired plumbing (loose toilet)
  • Missing or damaged caulk at toilet, sink or tub
  • Missing tiles or damaged shower walls
  • Flex drain pipes
  • Damaged or missing sink drain splash guards
  • Lack of water shut off valves
Walls/Ceilings
  • Holes in the walls, ceilings or floors
  • Roof leaks
  • Peeling paint
  • Mold on walls/ceilings
Other
  • Loose or missing handrails
  • Infestation of insects or rodents
  • Sharp or jagged, rusty surfaces and/or edges that pose a hazard
  • Structural damage
  • Poor housekeeping — odor, garbage and poor sanitation
  • Inoperable or missing carbon monoxide detectors (install within 15ft of sleeping rooms)
  • No water, electric or gas
  • No heat
  • Gas leaks
  • Water temperature

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.

Inspection fees

  • 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.