City of Alpena
Rental Inspection Checklist
Rental property inspections are made on a routine basis, usually once every three years. Sometimes it is
more convenient to perform maintenance or make repairs prior to an inspection, or between tenants, when
an inspection is not scheduled.
To Get A Head Start . . . Use this checklist prior to a routine inspection. You may avoid a lengthy
inspection and potentially costly re-inspection fees.
Note: While it is impossible to list every violation of the housing code that may occur, this list contains
violations that are commonly found during routine inspections. If you have a question about a specific
situation or concern, it is suggested that you contact the building inspector at 989-354-1700.
RENTAL INSPECTION CHECKLIST
• Are the street numbers visible from the road for each unit? (3 inch high minimum)
• Are the siding and paint in good condition?
Is the garage in good condition?
• Are the steps, decks, and landings in good condition and safe to use?
• How about the handrails and guardrail? Height at least 34-38 inches, spindles spaced at 4 inches?
There are some exceptions to this rule.
Is garbage properly stored?
Throughout the House
• Any cracked or broken windowpanes?
• All windows have latching hardware that are accessible from the ground or roof?
• All window putty in good condition?
• All operable windows have screens? (No rips, tears, or holes)
• All window frames, sashes, and sills in good condition and weatherproof?
• All exterior doors have locks?
• All exterior doors tight against the weather?
• Do all doors open and close easily?
• Screen and storm doors in good condition, with adequate hardware?
In a multi-family - do the fire doors self-close to latching?
In an older home - are the skeleton key locks removed or disabled? (All doors that provide entry.)
• Are all the walls and ceilings free from peeling paint and loose plaster?
• Any holes in the walls, ceilings, or floor