Prevent Housing Violations
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Multi-family dwellings are inspected periodically for health and safety violations by Environmental Health Services (EHS). If you own or manage a multi-family dwelling in San Mateo County, use the information below to ensure your property is safe, healthy, and ready for inspection. To avoid violations, correct any potential issues before your inspection.
Address these common housing violations as soon as possible.
Inadequate Vermin/Pest Exclusion
Conditions that promote pest intrusion include holes in/damage to windows, doors, vents, screens, refuse accumulation, and tree/bush limbs hanging within 3 feet of the roof.
- Guidelines for Hiring Effective Pest Control in your building
- 3 Steps to a Pest-Free Apartment
- Pest Exclusion Guidance
- Healthy Homes: Safer Pest Control
Faulty Weather Protection
Deteriorated exterior paint, and faulty waterproofing of exterior walls, roof, foundation, windows, and doors; inadequate weather stripping; improperly sealed building piping, wiring, and vents.
Lack of properly maintained fire safety equipment (smoke detectors and fire extinguishers) and carbon monoxide monitors, and blocking unit exterior doors.
Ensure your property is structurally safe! Unsecured/damaged hand and guard rails; damaged walkways, damaged supports for balconies/walkways, and damaged stairways are violations.
- Check with your local building codes for current requirements.
- ADA Standards resource
General Exterior Maintenance
Failure to maintain the surrounding property free of debris, inoperable vehicles, appliances, rodent harborages, stagnant water, and conditions that pose fire, health, or safety hazards.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Why IPM Makes Good Business Sense
- IPM Resources from CA Healthy Housing Coalition
- Stop Pests in Housing
- IPM for Housing Owners and Managers, Boston Public Health Commission
- Massachusetts IPM Toolkit
- Three Steps to a Healthy Home
- CA Department of Public Health (CDPH):
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home – US EPA
For more information on the Housing Inspection Program, contact San Mateo County Environmental Health Services at email@example.com or (650) 372-6200, or visit smchealth.org/housing