Multi-Family & Multi-Unit Property
The quality of tenants you can attract to rental property is dependent upon the cleanliness and appearance of the apartment, building and property. Keep in mind the cost of upgrading a building to make it attractive to renters when you purchase it. Good tenants reduce the inconvenience of collecting delinquent rent, minimize building maintenance, reduce repairs from intentional damage and reduce possible evictions.
SAMPLE RENTAL APPLICATION SAMPLE MULTI-FAMILY LEASE AGREEMENT
Our inspection report separates the building into individual units to make any problems found easily identifiable. The exterior of the building, basement, common entries, lighting, the Landlord meter and any unique features of the property are reported separately. We provide guidance to tenant safety and possible liability concerns. Guidance is also provided for possible Fire and Building Code deficiencies, however, we do certify the building's conformance to any Codes.
INSPECTION REPORT FOR A MULTI FAMILY BUILDING
Landlord/Tenant information is available at: CONNECTICUT LANDLORD'S GUIDE TO EVICTIONS, CONNECTICUT LANDLORD/TENANT STATE STATUTES,
CONNECTICUT TENANT/LANDLORD RIGHTS
Information on recovery of damages caused by tenants to rental property is available at: CONNECTICUT STATE STATUTES, Search for Chapter 952, refer to Section 53a-117e-g.
Some towns have adapted requirements for issuance of Certificates of Occupancy after a building is purchased. These apply to 3-family units and larger. Apartments must pass an inspection by the Local Building Department before tenants occupy the building. Consult with the Local Building Department to determine if these are required.
CONNECTICUT HUD WEBSITE
HOUSING REQUIREMENTS - FOR FHA MORTGAGES
DO YOU HAVE TENANTS ON FUEL ASSISTANCE? - INSULATE YOUR MULTI-FAMILY AT NO COST
CONNECTICUT HOME FINANCE AUTHORITY (CHFA)
ASSISTANCE IN INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MULTI-FAMILY BUILDINGS FROM CONNECTICUT LIGHT & POWER
Section 8 Housing
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES - SECTION 8 HOUSING
Requirements for buildings for Section 8 tenants are contained in HUD - HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS. Some Housing Authorities also use local codes as part of their housing requirements. You should check with the Local Housing Authority for specific requirements in the town where the building is located. Section 8 units require an initial inspection and annual inspections thereafter. You should screen Section 8 tenants as you would any other tenant with a credit report and references.
Municipal Multi-Family Building Inspections
Some towns and cities have adapted a requirement for inspection of multi-family buildings when they are purchased before new tenants can occupy them. Inspections must also be done when a new tenant occupies the apartment. These apply to 3-family and larger buildings. Typically, these inspections use the ICC (International Code Council) Building Maintenance Code as a guideline. Chapter 833a, Section 47a-57 of Connecticut State Statutes is the basis for this requirement.
STRICTER EPA GUIDELINES FOR LEAD ABATEMENT IN PRE-1978 BUILDINGS
EPA GUIDE FOR LEAD ABATEMENT
Lowest Possible Cost
Inspection costs start at $170.00 for simple condominiums. Homes under 2000 sq. ft. start at $250.00. Prices are quoted for very small homes in our locale. For a complete list of home inspection prices see: HOME INSPECTION PRICES.
Our Pledge to Our Customers
Our inspections are thorough. Our income is not based on previous or future referrals from the sale of this or other properties in the past or future. Our goal is to inform you of the condition of the building at the lowest possible cost. Our customer is the person ordering the inspection. We do not make building repairs or provide pest control or mold/lead/asbestos abatement services.
Property is inspected for proper grading and drainage away from the building. Many buildings we inspect have problems with poor grading and gutter discharge. We look for signs of septic failure, buried pipes and tanks and possible surface water sources. Condition of patios, decks, trees, shrubbery, driveways, sidewalks, retaining walls and stonework are reported. We look for indications of past property use, other than its present use, and possible pollution. Building
All areas of the building are inspected. We look in hard-to-reach areas such as crawlspaces, attics and behind kneewalls. If possible, we climb on the roof to inspect gutters, flashing and chimney flues. Indications of leakage and water damage, delayed maintenance, wood decay and excessive settling are reported. Correct and safe installations and adequate original design and construction are determined. We look for the presence of wood destroying insects and damage, other insects and rodents, as well as mold, asbestos and lead. We are familiar with the operation and maintenance of all types of heating systems including steam heat. We test heating systems to determine heat distribution to all rooms and determine the appropriate supply and return temperatures for air conditioners and heat pumps.