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Inspection Program a Must For Multi-Family Rental Properties in Long Beach

Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Feb 9 3 minutes read

The city of Long Beach requires owners of multi-family rental properties with four or more dwelling units to participate and fund its Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program.

Yes I said, "four."

In June 2015, the Long Beach City Council adopted this program to maintain rental units livability, prevent blight, and secure greater code enforcement compliance across the city.

If you think you'll slip by the City without registering, think again.

The penalties for violating this law are steep. Property owners who don't comply face a misdemeanor, a fine of up to $1,000, and up to six months in jail. The city can also issue administrative citations to any person or entity who doesn't toe the line.

  • Registration of rental properties and associated fees are  annually due within 60 days of November 1.
  • Long Beach's Director of Development Services must be notified within 60 days of filing a property transfer record with Los Angeles County's Recorder Office. The existing registration is nullified if the building owner fails to do this.
  •  A new owner doesn't have to pay the registration fee until the next calendar year as long as the prior owner paid their fees.
  • Landlords are required to provide their tenants with information concerning tenant rights and responsibilities, which is available at
  • If a city inspection is scheduled and entry is refused or cannot be obtained, an inspection warrant can be issued to guarantee access within at least 24 hours, unless a judge rules immediate entry is reasonably necessary. City inspectors can also immediately enter a property if they reasonably decide it's hazardous or unsafe for public health and safety.

As a residential rental property owner, it's your responsibility to be fully aware of and follow the laws governing your city, county, and state. So don't get caught unaware after finally closing on that investment property you've worked so hard to purchase.

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