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Rental Housing Inspection Program
Contact
Andrew Jensen
Development Services Director

Iowa Inspections, LLC
Contract Inspector


Development Services Dept:
641-673-9431
Iowa Inspections:
515-270-2449

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In an effort to ensure the provision of safe and sanitary rental housing in Oskaloosa, the Oskaloosa City Council has established a Rental Housing Inspection Program that will go into effect on July 1, 2017. This webpage is intended to provide important information to landlords as this program is implemented.

Informational Meeting for Landlords

The City of Oskaloosa and Iowa Inspections LLC will be hosting informational meetings for landlords to go over the Rental Housing Inspection Program requirements. Public informational meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, May 4; Tuesday, May 30, and Tuesday, June 27. All three meetings will be held at 6:00 PM at the Oskaloosa Public Library (301 South Market Street) in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room. All meetings will feature the same content with topics of registering properties, paying registration fees, scheduling inspections, and complying with inspection requirements. All meetings will also include ample time for a question and answer session. These meetings will be specifically oriented to answer landlord questions, but all are welcome to attend.

Registration

All housing units rented (or being offered for rent) within the Oskaloosa City limits must be registered with the City. Registration opens on July 1, 2017 and all units must be registered by August 1, 2017. The annual registration fee is $15 per unit. The Rental Housing Registration Form must be submitted with along with the registration fee.

Inspection Checklist

At the time of registration, landlords must verify that their properties meet the requirements outlined in the Rental Housing Inspection Checklist. If there are questions about applicability of the checklist, contact the Development Services Department.

Inspection Schedule

The baseline schedule for the inspection of all rental properties shall be once every three (3) years. As a benefit to compliant landlords, properties that pass the first inspection, with no noted concerns from the inspector, will not need to be inspected for another four years. Rental properties that require two or more inspections (three or more during the first three-year cycle) to pass and that receive multiple noted concerns from the inspector will need to be inspected every year until they pass on their first inspection. Those rental properties will then move to the standard inspection cycle.

City staff will contact landlords via mail with a notice to schedule the inspection of their rental properties. When landlords receive their notice, they will need to contact the contracted Rental Inspector. Iowa Inspections LLC is the city’s designated inspector and can be reached at  or by phone at 515-270-2449.

Authorization

The Oskaloosa City Council also passed Ordinance Number 1394, which establishes the Rental Housing Inspection Program Oskaloosa Municipal Code Chapter 15.60. To implement the program, the Oskaloosa City Council passed Resolution Number 17-02-23, which adopts the Rental Housing Inspection Administrative Policy.


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