Upon a receipt of a complaint, a Health Officer will arrange a time for an inspection to access the dwelling unit and conduct an inspection. The Health Officer will conduct an inspection and determine what violations of the State Sanitary Code may be present. Violations observed will be documented in a report. The Health Officer will review and provide a copy of the report to the occupant.
Based off the violations observed in the inspection report, the Health Officer will send the property owner an administrative order letter for corrective action needed for compliance. This order letter will detail the timeframe for compliance, the property owner rights, and potential fines. A copy of the letter will be sent to the occupant.
Once the administrative order letter has been received by the property owner and the time has elapsed for corrective action, a re-inspection of the dwelling unit shall occur. The Health Officer will check to verify if all violations listed in the order letter have been corrected. Once compliance has been achieved the property owner will a compliance letter and the case will be closed. If the violations remain uncorrected, the Health Department may file in a court complaint against the property owner to ensure compliance. Depending on the circumstances, there may be more than one re-inspection required.
Additional Items to Consider
Please note that this process can create tension between the occupant and the property owner. It is the responsibility of the occupant to allow the property owner and/or their representative access to their dwelling unit in order to correct the violations observed. This process may involve multiple inspections, phone calls, or referral to other departments. It is important to remain open and patient in this process as we work toward compliance with the violations of the State Sanitary Code.