Bedford Ohio rental inspections

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I know there are a few people here who manage rentals in Bedford, right outside Cleveland.

I've been getting my inspections done, and boy are they nitpicky. It's important to me to keep properties in good condition for my tenants, and some of the repairs the city is asking for are reasonable. (Although many are minor cosmetic damage caused by tenants which I normally wouldn't do anything with until the tenants move. Meh.) But some of them are just nuts. I need to install a GFCI outlet on both sides of every sink (not replace a normal outlet with a GFCI one, put in entirely new outlets so every sink has two), install another 2-3 smoke detectors per property, repaint all internal molding/trim so that it matches, replace a garage door panel that has a 1 cm dent, and so on. Really?! 

I have more properties coming up to be inspected so I took a look at the city website. I noticed that on the request form, you can say that you do not consent to an inspection. If you do this, they'll either get a warrant (which seems like a lot of trouble and expense for them) or just do a general exterior inspection.

Has anyone done this? How does it play out? Because of some of the changes that are being requested by the city, I think that the previous owners of the properties must have not allowed internal inspections. But I don't want to get into an adversarial relationship with the city.

Hey Gwen - I'm curious - is the city requesting these inspections after major (permit pulled) remodeling jobs? 

That sounds ridiculous.  I would certainly dispute the fact that they are requesting you to add an outlet.  Every city inspector I've ever met with said that they can only require safety issues to be fixed, and not require you to add anything unless it is a safety issue (carbon, smoke detector, etc)

For most municipalities I'd expect to have a smoke detector in or around each bedroom and a CO detector near all sleeping areas.

Does Bedford use safebuilt for their inspections like Maple Heights does, or is it a city employee who came out?

Originally posted by @James Maradits :

That sounds ridiculous.  I would certainly dispute the fact that they are requesting you to add an outlet.  Every city inspector I've ever met with said that they can only require safety issues to be fixed, and not require you to add anything unless it is a safety issue (carbon, smoke detector, etc)

For most municipalities I'd expect to have a smoke detector in or around each bedroom and a CO detector near all sleeping areas.

Does Bedford use safebuilt for their inspections like Maple Heights does, or is it a city employee who came out?

 Disagree. If an inspector goes into a home & a tenant has a bunch of extension cords & power strips plugged into stuff it's actually very common for them to make you add outlets.

Originally posted by @James Wise :
Originally posted by @James Maradits:

That sounds ridiculous.  I would certainly dispute the fact that they are requesting you to add an outlet.  Every city inspector I've ever met with said that they can only require safety issues to be fixed, and not require you to add anything unless it is a safety issue (carbon, smoke detector, etc)

For most municipalities I'd expect to have a smoke detector in or around each bedroom and a CO detector near all sleeping areas.

Does Bedford use safebuilt for their inspections like Maple Heights does, or is it a city employee who came out?

 Disagree. If an inspector goes into a home & a tenant has a bunch of extension cords & power strips plugged into stuff it's actually very common for them to make you add outlets.

 That would fall under the "safety issues" I mentioned.  I'm referring to the original post that states she is being required to have 2 outlets near every sink, which makes zero sense unless they are requiring a normal outlet to be replaced with GFCI (which Gwen already said is not the case.)

I asked the inspector about this one. Apparently their logic is that if tenants don't have an outlet on both sides of their sink, they'll run electrical cords over the sink.

Stupid. None of my tenants are doing that. I bet they saw one person doing it once and made a code out of it. 

Two outlets in a big kitchen or bathroom is convenient, fine, but these are efficiency units where the counter space is maybe three feet total in the kitchen. It would be hilarious if it weren't costing me money.

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