Rental property inspections by City of Sacramento

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The City of Sacramento has been inspecting each of our properties after the close of escrow. They are charging us $126 per unit. This has been okay so far but recently the inspectors are finding small issues like- door does not close property or the smoke alarm is not heard in a room (everyone else could hear it, the inspector was an elderly gentleman) or missing blanks in electrical panel. Most of our properties are newer, build after 2000. We are feeling that we have to do unnecessary repair just because someone else wants to keep their job.

Does any body have similar experience or different experience / opinion?


@SP Rentals

@Sachin P.

Yes, you are not the only one going through this in the Sacramento area. The City of Rancho Cordova is NOTORIOUS for it.

Thing is, the Sacramento market took a beating during the recession (as did most markets), and a lot of low quality and out of country landlords came in and swooped up properties for dirt cheap and then managed them like crap.

So, the city is making an effort to clean up the riff-raff. It's a bummer sure... but it's also a write off. And honestly it's better for the community. Think of it as an effort to clean up the area and get rid of the bad landlords next door who manage their properties poorly. Ultimately in the long run it'll be better for the neighborhood and better for property values.