The information below is from the City of Fresno’s website. 

While the implementation of the Rental Housing Improvement Program is pending, the following information has been made available in the interim.  Please continue to check the City’s website for additional updates at https://www.fresno.gov/darm/rental-housing/.  

BASELINE INSPECTION:  All residential rental properties shall be subject to a baseline inspection, pursuant to a random sampling formula, to determine whether or not violations of Health and Safety Standards exist.  It is within the City’s sole discretion to determine the order in which it will conduct baseline inspections of residential rental units.

Prior to implementing the Rental Housing Improvement Program, the City will make available online and upon request a rental inspection checklist, which shall clearly define and describe criteria applied to determine whether or not violations of Health and Safety Standards exist on the property.   All residential rental properties will be required to be registered and the registration updated whenever there is a change of ownership or contact information.

Inspections will be conducted according to the size of the building.  For example, using the charts below, if you own two to four units, they will inspect all of the units.  If you own 16 to 50 units, only 15% of the building will be inspected; choosing the units to be inspected randomly.

Multi-Family Rental Units
2-4 Units 100% Inspection
5-15 Units 25% Inspection
16-50 Units 15% Inspection
51+ Units 10% Inspection
 

Single-Family Rental Units

1 Home 100% Inspection
2-9 Homes 50% Inspection
10-20 Homes 30% Inspection
21-49 Homes 20% Inspection
50 Homes or More 10% Inspection

REGISTRATION:  All residential rental properties are required to be registered and the registration updated whenever there is a change of ownership or contact information.  Free, online registration is encouraged by completing the registration information and submitting it via the City of Fresno’s Residential Rental Registry at rhr.fresno.govBlank Registration Forms are also available.  All residential rental properties shall be registered, including those that may be considered exempt from the Rental Housing Improvement Program.   Registration is due no later than 30 days from receiving initial notice.

FEES:  There are no fees to register a rental property; however, failure to register will result in penalties. There is a $100 inspection fee per unit to be inspected.  Payment of the inspection fee is due at the time of the inspection, and a unit shall not pass inspection until the fee is paid. 

EXEMPTIONS:  Owner-occupied, mobile home parks, vacant units, hotels, motels, licensed medical or care facilities, educational, religious and medical institutions are exempt from the Rental Housing Improvement Program.