Rental Inspections

The Housing Safety Office will be inspecting all registered rental units on a rolling basis.

Initially, the Housing Safety Office is focusing its inspection efforts on buildings that have been identified as having the highest risk.

The Housing Safety Office will contact landlords to schedule an inspection by email or phone. The inspector will evaluate the building and work with property owner's and manager's to bring the building up to the proper life-safety standard.

Inspections can be scheduled Monday through Saturday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The Housing Safety Office is open in Room 315 of City Hall 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The phone number is (207) 756-8131.

One and two dwelling unit buildings need to have:
  • Street number and unit numbers affixed to the building and unit.
  • Smoke alarms on each level: Single-station or multiple-station photoelectric smoke alarms must be powered by the building electrical system or powered by a 10-year non-replaceable battery and shall be positioned correctly on walls or ceilings: (1) within 21 feet of any door to a sleeping room and (2) in living areas separated by doors on each level of the dwelling unit and (3) including the basement. NFPA 101 (2009) 24.3.4.1(2)(3), 9.6.2.10, amended by City Code of Ordinances Section 10-3(i)
  • Smoke Alarms in every bedroom: Single-station or multiple-station photoelectric smoke alarms must be powered by the building electrical system or powered by a 10-year non-replaceable battery and shall be positioned correctly on walls or ceilings: in all sleeping rooms. NFPA 101 (2009) 24.3.4.1(1), amended by City Code of Ordinances Section 10-3(i)
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms on each level: Single-station or multiple-station Carbon Monoxide alarms must be powered by the (A) building electrical system or (B) 10-year non-replaceable battery and shall be positioned correctly on walls or ceilings: (1) on each level of the dwelling unit, and (2) including the basement. NFPA 720 (2009) 9.5.1, 9.5.3, amended by State Law Title 25, Chapter 317 § 2468
  • Egress: One primary means of escape and one second means of escape independent and remote from the primary means of escape is required from every sleeping room and every living area which shall be a door, stairway, passage, ramp, or hall providing a way of unobstructed travel to the outside of the dwelling or street or the finished ground level. The secondary means of escape independent and remote from the primary means of escape or rescue may include large windows or balconies or non-lockable ways under the control of the person escaping. NFPA 101 (2009) 24.2.2
Questions can be directed to the Housing Safety Office (207) 756-8131.