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Posted on: January 23, 2024

Lawrenceville City Council Approves New Multi-Family Inspection Ordinance

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The Lawrenceville City Council, in a unanimous decision, has approved a groundbreaking Multi-Family Inspection Ordinance to enhance property maintenance standards and ensure tenants' well-being throughout the City of Lawrenceville. The ordinance introduces a comprehensive program to address a range of property issues and proactively enforce compliance with international property codes.

"The Multi-Family Inspection Ordinance embodies Lawrenceville's dedication to proactive property management, fostering resident well-being, and upholding the city's stringent standards,” said Mayor David Still. “We believe property owners will appreciate its user-friendly nature, ensuring a smooth and efficient implementation process."

The need for the ordinance arises from concerns related to property maintenance issues, including heating, cooling, water, structural, electrical, and sewer problems that may go unaddressed, leaving tenants with limited recourse.

"Ensuring property maintenance is vital for our community's well-being,” said Alan Bannister, Code Enforcement Manager. “The new ordinance empowers inspections by the Planning and Development Department and Code Enforcement Unit, guaranteeing timely resolution of various issues. Our goal is to maintain high standards, providing tenants with the living conditions they deserve for a better and safer environment year after year."

The Multi-Family Inspection Ordinance is a crucial step towards meeting the city's housing priorities by improving and maintaining a high standard of living. It establishes a legal framework for routine inspections of all multi-family housing units within the jurisdiction of the City of Lawrenceville. All multi-family developments must undergo external and internal inspections by qualified third-party inspectors to ensure compliance with International Maintenance, Life Safety, and International Fire Codes.

Property owners are required to complete inspections prior to obtaining their yearly Occupational Tax Certificate. In addition, owners of developments with four or more multi-family rental units must comply with inspection requirements. Property owners must submit a Code Compliance Certificate annually when applying for their occupational tax renewal, covering one-third of the multi-family rental units on the premises. New developments are exempt from the required inspections and the code compliance certificate for the first five years. Duplex communities and single-family homes are also exempt.

Failure to provide a Code Compliance Certificate may lead to fines and penalties. The new ordinance calls for severe penalties for those submitting false information.

The ordinance places specific requirements for licensed and certified inspectors, including mandatory meetings and required documents.  

The ordinance can be found in the City Council Agenda Packet and will be available in Chapter 10, Article VIII of the City Code of Ordinances.

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