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How are homes selected for an inspection?

  • All homes (owner-occupied and rentals) in the City of Eau Claire will be surveyed at least every 5 years to identify homes with the highest safety and health concerns. Inspectors will contact selected houses by mail to request a required inspection.
  • An exterior survey will be done to evaluate the conditions of all homes within the city. Items that are observed during the survey may include: chimney, roof, siding, windows, foundation, garage, etc. Homes may then be scheduled for a required inspection of their home (inside and outside) from the following:
    • exterior survey results
    • number of complaints against the property
    • age of property
    • if the house contains any rental units
    • documented cases of retaliatory eviction                                    

How are property owners notified regarding an inspection?

  • A letter will be sent to request a time for a required inspection. The property owner is encouraged to attend the inspection. If it is a rental unit the landlord must notify the tenant about the inspection. Advance notice means at least 12 hours advance notice to the tenant, unless the tenant, upon being notified of the proposed inspection time, consents to a shorter time period.  
  • The owner of the property will then have (5) days to arrange an inspection appointment.
  • There will be a program fee associated with the inspection. 

What will happen after the inspection?

  • A written report stating violations and the date by which the corrections must be made will be given to the property owner. We can answer any questions and explain the report after the inspection. Failure to correct violations may result in further legal action.
  • If no violations are found during the inspection then inspection fee will be waived. 

Housing Inspection Checklist

Eau Claire City Housing Inspection Program brochure

Make a Housing Complaint

Responsibilities as a Tenant

Educational Materials

Housing Inspection and Complaints FAQ's

Most Common Home Hazards Infographic

Additional Information