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Property Maintenance and Building Requirements

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Residents renting commercial or residential space in the City may request an inspection if they believe their space to be unsafe or otherwise out of compliance with basic code requirements.  The goal of these inspections is to ensure that all properties meet minimum standards of safety and habitability, as required by the International Property Maintenance Code and related building codes.  Basic information about items addressed through these inspections is provided below.

All Dwelling Units in the City of Longmont Must:

  • Have functioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Possess a functioning heating system capable of safely heating every habitable space to at least 68    
       degrees Fahrenheit between the months of September 1st and May 1st.
  • Have egress windows installed in every bedroom
  • Have insect screens installed in all openable windows
  • Contain a functioning kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and toilet.

All Commercial Spaces Must:

  • Meet all Fire Code and egress requirements for the type of occupancy.
  • Be maintained free from plumbing leaks and exterior leaks in roofing and walls.
  • Be free from structural, mechanical, electrical and other building code related hazards.
  • Contain a functioning toilet and lavatory.
  • Be free from insect and rodent infestation
  • Possess a functioning heating system capable of safely heating every occupiable work space to at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit between the months of September 1st and May 1st.

Items the International Property Maintenance Code Does not Address:

Mold-  No recognized federal, state, or local health agency has created a standard for acceptable and unacceptable levels of mold inside a building.  Consistent mold growth can be indicative of moisture issues resulting from plumbing or other leaks in the home.  Inspectors can address any active sources of moisture, but cannot address the presence of mold or require its removal.  It is up to residents to clean up existing mold colonies or negotiate with property owners over their removal.

For resources on mold remediation, visit the EPA website at the link below.

https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home

Worn out or dirty finish materials-  There is no requirement for owners to re-paint or replace flooring, cabinets, or other finish materials due to age or wear.

For any questions or to set up an inspection, please call 303-651-8357.



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