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Residential Rental Housing Inspection Program
The City of Fort Madison adopted this program to ensure that livable conditions exist in rental properties through inspections that will identify and correct code violations that result in a:
  • Threat to the occupant's safety
  • Threat to the structural integrity of the building
  • Negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods
City Building inspectors inspect rental properties for interior and exterior code violations and issue corrective notices as needed.  Examples of violations are:
  • Inoperable or missing smoke detectors
  • Infestation of insects, vermin or rodents
  • Deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of walls, roof foundations, or floors
  • Split, buckling or sagging roofs, ceilings, and supports
  • Door aisles, passageways, or stairways not of sufficient width or size
  • Unsightly, deteriorated fencing
  • Overgrown yards
  • Any building in disrepair that constitutes a public nuisance
  • Structure in need of painting
  • Defective electrical systems
How to Register
3 Documents need to be included in the registration of each property (Click each bullett to open each document): Each registration form will include all units for each structure on the property.  If multiple buildings are located on one property, a registration form needs to be completed for each building.  The three remaining forms need to be submitted for each rental unit.  Building officials will begin inspections shortly after July 1st starting with properties that are registered.  Once inspections are completed for all registered properties, the City will begin scheduling inspections of known rental properties which have not yet been registered.  For these properties, registration will be due at the time of inspection, including penalties if applicable.  If you own property that is not actively being used as a rental property you are required to submit an "Affidavit of Non-Rental" form.

All of these forms are available at City Hall or on line at www.fortmadison-ia.com on the Building Department page.  Additional forms available online are: "Tenant Consent to Inspect" which must be completed prior to inspection for each unit and "Inspection Designee" which may be completed by the owner and contact designee if the owner and contact designee cannot be present but send someone else to the inspection. 

How The Program Works
To ensure healthy, safe living standards and to maintain property values, owners pay an annual $25 per property plus $5 per additional rental unit to support the program.  * Property owners are required to register all rental properties within the City of Fort Madison beginning July 1, 2012 and must be registered by November 1, 2012 or be fined $300.  The name of a contact who can meet in person within 48 hours witha Building Official must be provided. 

City inspectors will review all rental housing in Fort Madison during an initial interior and exterior inspection.  If the property does not have violations, the inspector provides the owner with an approved inspection checklist, and no further action is necessary.

If the property does have violations, the inspector gives the property owner a list of items to be corrected and 30 days to bring the property into compliance.  If violations still exist at the 30 day re-inspection, the owner will be subject to penalties and formal enforcement action.

* Some properties are exempt from the program, including units that are routinely inspected by a government agency