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    Code Enforcement to Begin Proactive Inspections of Multifamily Properties in WeHo

    The City of West Hollywood’s Neighborhood and Business Safety (NBS) Division Code Enforcement team works to maintain neighborhood livability by being responsive to complaints and concerns received from the community. The NBS Division is responsible for enforcing all provisions of the City’s laws and ordinances, as governed by the West Hollywood Municipal Code and it actively addresses community concerns about a variety of regulated issues.

    Beginning in February 2024, the City’s NBS Division will begin conducting proactive and systematic inspections of multifamily properties in West Hollywood. This will include low-income housing and inclusionary units within multifamily properties. Two Code Enforcement Officers will be assigned to this proactive pilot program and will perform outreach to property owners and tenants before inspections are completed. The proactive pilot program will begin on the Eastside of the City and will gradually move west across the community.

    The goal of the proactive multifamily property inspection pilot program is to inspect multifamily properties once every three years to ensure City rental housing properties are being maintained in compliance with West Hollywood Municipal Code standards. A multifamily property in West Hollywood is considered a building with three or more units.

    Inspections will be initially focused on exterior property conditions (e.g., landscape, carports/parking areas, paint, fences/gates, roof, doors, etc.) and common areas of multifamily properties, such as hallways, courtyards, staircases, elevators, recreation rooms, etc. Code Enforcement Officers assigned to the proactive multifamily inspection pilot program will also be checking for any potential vacation (short-term) rental activity being advertised at a property they are currently inspecting. Vacation (short-term) rental concerns that are reported to the City’s NBS Division outside of the proactive multifamily inspection pilot program will continue to be responded to responsively.

    Additionally, as part of the outreach process for the proactive pilot program, Code Enforcement Officers will be posting flyers in the mailrooms and common areas of multifamily properties, informing tenants of the ability to voluntarily schedule inspections within the interior of their own units. Interior inspections of tenant units will only occur as part of this proactive pilot program if a tenant schedules an inspection directly with the Code Enforcement team assigned to multifamily inspections. Interior inspections of tenant units that are performed when a tenant reports an issue in their unit to the City’s NBS Division outside of the proactive multifamily inspection pilot program will continue to be responded to normally.

    If a tenant voluntarily schedules an interior inspection of their unit as part of this proactive pilot program, assigned Code Enforcement Officers will be checking for habitability concerns such as plumbing leaks, lack of heat, lack of hot water, deteriorated electrical outlets, and missing or inoperable smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

    Code Enforcement Officers assigned to the proactive pilot program will also be checking multifamily properties with five or more units or with 16 or more units for various noticing requirements in compliance with the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). These required RSO notices provide tenants with emergency numbers to contact, information about protections related to eviction, harassment, and rent limits, and business hours for onsite managers.

    Tenants interested in getting their units inspected from the proactive multifamily inspection team, when the team is conducting inspections at their property as part of the pilot program, may contact the City of West Hollywood’s Neighborhood and Business Safety (NBS) Division at (323) 450-7115 or at [email protected]. The City’s NBS proactive multifamily inspection team will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays.

    Community members who may have concerns about noise, property maintenance, vacant properties, construction, zoning (short-term rentals and land use activities), and impediments in the public right-of-way (sidewalk, parkway, alley, or street) are encouraged to reach out to the City’s NBS Code Enforcement team by submitting a Service Request, which is a first step in investigating potential violations of the West Hollywood Municipal Code. The primary goal of Code Enforcement is to gain voluntary compliance so that residents and businesses better understand their responsibilities in maintaining their properties and preserving quality of life.

    Service requests may be submitted on the City’s website at www.weho.org/servicerequest or by using the City of West Hollywood Official App, which may be downloaded on an Apple device from the iOS App Store or as an Android App on Google Play; search for “West Hollywood Official App.”

    Complaints or questions may also be submitted through the Code Enforcement hotline at (323) 848-6516 or email at [email protected]. When reporting a complaint, please include the address, the day of the week, and the approximate time when the issue was observed. If you wish to receive a call back, please also leave your contact information.

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    Richard Maggio
    Richard Maggio
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    2 months ago

    this will be an excellent pilot program for the city, it will created higher standards for safety and liability.

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