Sacramento Home Inspection Education: Code Compliance and Zoning

One of the things we need to talk about is how to properly inspect your rental so it is safe and habitable. California has a long and complicated code for rental properties and you need to ensure you’re in compliance at all times. In Sacramento, there is a set of city codes as well as county codes. It’s important to understand all of them and to know which one supersedes the other.

Vehicle codes are also present and strictly enforced in Sacramento. As a landlord, you need to know what’s allowed on your property and how long it can be kept there. If cars on your property have expired tags, you’ll need to know how to approach your tenants and what to do.

The best resource for ensuring your tenants help you comply with the codes is an effective lease. You need a strong lease with detailed language to address all the potential situations that might put you in danger of falling out of code compliance.

There is also the issue of zoning in and around Sacramento. Neighborhoods and communities are zoned for specific purposes, meaning only certain businesses and activities can take place there. If you have a tenant who wants to run a daycare center out of the home or operate a home business, you need to get some details and check the zoning considerations. There are also specific types of insurance that will need to be carried to ensure everyone is covered.

If you have any questions about zoning or code considerations, please contact us at Smooth Sailing Realty and Property Management and we’d be happy to share our expertise.

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