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
Rental Housing Improvement Act
Rental Housing Improvement Act Regulations (Updated December 2017)
Blank Registration Form – English
Blank Registration Form – Spanish
Notice to Property Owners – English
Notice to Property Owners – Spanish
Notice to Property Owners – Hmong
Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Baseline Inspection Checklist
Exemption Form – English
Exemption Form – Spanish
Sample Tenant Consent for Inspection/24 Hour Notice to Enter
Proof of Correction Form
Self-Certification Form (To Accompany Owner Provided Inspection Checklist)
Self-Certification Form (With City Provided Interior Checklist)
Self-Certification Form (With City Provided Exterior Checklist)
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.
|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|
|Optional Proof of Correction Form||$0|
|Proof of Correction Random 10%||$0|
|Optional Courtesy Re-inspection||$50/Unit|
|Exemption Application (Registration Required)||$0|
|Self-Certification Random 10%||$100/Unit|
|Penalties for Making False Statements||Varies|
|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|
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
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.