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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 once 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 at least 21 days prior to conducting the inspection. The property owner or property manager 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.

How to prepare for the inspection:

  • The time between receiving the letter requesting inspection and the inspection date, the property owner is recommended to go through the housing inspection checklist and correct any violations before the inspection occurs. Click here to view the housing inspection checklist
  • There will be a program fee of $90 per unit associated with the inspection.
  • If violations are corrected before the inspection date and no violations are found during the inspection, then the inspection fee(s) will be waived. 

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 violations are not corrected by the agreed upon date, a $125 re-inspection fee per unit may be issued. In addition to re-inspections, failure to correct violations may result in further legal action.
  • If all violations are corrected by the re-inspection date, re-inspection fee(s) will be waived. 

New and Existing Components of Housing Inspections 

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