Neighborhood Services

Rental Housing

Rental Housing

The purpose of the Rental Housing Division is to address the issue of substandard rental properties, promote greater compliance with health and safety standards and to preserve the quality of Fresno’s neighborhoods and available housing opportunities. The goal is to work with property owners to achieve compliance of health and safety code violations that are a threat to the occupant’s safety, structural integrity of the building, and have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

Rental Housing Improvement Program

REGISTRATION:  All residential rental properties are required to be registered and the registration updated whenever there is a change of ownership or contact information.  Free, online registration is encouraged by completing the registration information and submitting it via the City of Fresno’s Residential Rental Registry at rhr.fresno.gov.  A Blank Registration Form is also available.  All residential rental properties shall be registered, including those that may be considered exempt from the Rental Housing Improvement Program.   Registration is due no later than 30 days from receiving initial notice.

FEES:  There are no fees to register a rental property; however, failure to register will result in penalties. There is a $100 inspection fee per unit to be inspected.  Payment of the inspection fee is due at the time of the inspection, and a unit shall not pass inspection until the fee is paid.

DESCRIPTION FEE/PENALTY
Registration $0
Failure to Register/Late Registration Varies, up to $1,000/Property
30 days late $100/Property
31-60 days late $200/Property
61-120 days late $500/Property
120+ days late $1,000/Property
10% interest/annum
Baseline Inspection $100/Unit
Optional Proof of Correction Form $0
Proof of Correction Random 10% $0
Optional Courtesy Re-inspection $50/Unit
Compliance Re-inspection $100/Unit
Exemption Application (Registration Required) $0
Self-Certification Program $0
Self-Certification Random 10% $100/Unit
Penalties for Making False Statements Varies
1st Offence $100/Unit
2nd -Subsequent Offence(s) $250/Unit

EXEMPTIONS:  Owner-occupied, mobile home parks, vacant units, hotels, motels, licensed medical or care facilities, educational, religious and medical institutions are exempt from the Rental Housing Improvement Program.  All other residential rental properties must be registered for free; however, some properties are exempt from inspections. If the rental property or units within the rental property are less than 10 years old or undergo routine inspections from another governmental agency, an online Application for Exemption (for inspection) can be submitted once registration of the rental property is complete.

BASELINE INSPECTION:  All residential rental properties shall be subject to a baseline inspection, pursuant to a random sampling formula, to determine whether or not violations of Health and Safety Standards exist.  It is within the City’s sole discretion to determine the order in which it will conduct baseline inspections of residential rental units.

Multi-Family Rental Units
1 Unit 100% Inspection
2-4 Units 50% Inspection
5-15 Units 25% Inspection
16-50 Units 15% Inspection
51+ Units 10% Inspection
Single-Family Rental Units
1 Home 100% Inspection
2-9 Homes 50% Inspection
10-20 Homes 30% Inspection
21-49 Homes 20% Inspection
50 Homes or More 10% Inspection

Rental Registration

All residential rental properties are required to be registered and the registration updated whenever there is a change of ownership or contact information.  Free, online registration is preferred by completing the registration information and submitting it via the City of Fresno’s Residential Rental Registry below.  The Blank Registration Form is also available. All residential rental properties shall be registered, including those that may be occupied by family members not paying rent (although these may be considered exempt from inspections).  Registration is due no later than 30 days from receiving initial notice. Notice to Property Owners

For technical assistance call (559) 621-RENT (7368) or see Workshops for computer lab information

Anti-Slum Enforcement Team

The Anti-Slum Enforcement Team (ASET) is dedicated to battling urban blight and improving the lives of City residents by encouraging voluntary code compliance and initiating legal proceedings focusing on the worst violators of housing health and safety laws.  ASET will seek to obtain compliance through intensive and focused code enforcement efforts, including expedited and through civil litigation and potentially criminal prosecution of the worst offenders, but not burdening property owners who are complying with the law and providing safe and habitable housing.  The mission of ASET is to increase the stock of habitable rental housing by pursuing violators to obtain code compliance.  To see a listing of active, proposed, and completed ASET cases, see the ASET Weekly Status Report.

Before and After Photos

Before
Before photo of bathroom wall repair
Before photo of apartment exterior that needs repair
Before photo of apartment exterior that needs repair
Before photo of shower in need of repair
After
After photo of bathroom repair
After photo of apartment exterior that has been repaired
After photo of the apartment exterior that has been repaired
After photo of bathroom repair

Administrative Hearing Appeal

Any person with a legal existing interest in a property, right or entitlement that is affected by a City order, citation, decision or determination subject to the appeal process provided under Chapter 1, Article 4 of the Fresno Municipal Code may request an appeal of that order, citation, decision or determination by submitting the “Administrative Hearing Appeal Form” provided.

Please note that per FMC section 1-407(b), a request for appeal must be submitted for consideration within 15 calendar days after the service of the order, citation, decision, or determination appealed from.  Failure to timely submit the request for appeal may result in rejection of the request.