Mayor Announces New Housing Inspection Fees

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December 18, 2012
News Release

Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer and Director of Community Development Lenin Agudo held a news conference today to announce the new housing inspection fees which were recently approved by City Council. The initial housing inspection fee, which in the past was a $505 dollar fee and based on an average of 3.75 inspections, has been lowered to $140 for a single family rental and $165 for a two-unit rental property. This new fee schedule is for each inspection, not for any number of needed inspections combined. Any additional inspections that are necessary will cost the same as the initial inspection.
 
“We’re trying to work with our property owners to receive benefits and help from the city,” said Mayor Spencer. “We’ve restructured the inspection fee schedule to make it a fairer schedule that will reward good landlords who do the right thing. For those who are complying, if we need to come out and re-inspect, within three days, we won’t charge you. If you don’t comply, we’re going to come after you and the penalties will be stiff.”
 
The cost for an additional inspection, if necessary, for a single family rental will be $140 within a 120 day period. After that, a non-compliance penalty of $350 will be charged with an extension inspection fee of $200. A second non-compliance penalty and extension fee will cost $1,000, while a third will bring an additional $2,000 fine and fee. For four and above non-compliance complaints, an additional $1,000 plus all prior penalties and fees will be charged. A letter detailing the new inspection fee and penalty schedules will be mailed to property owners scheduled for inspections in 2013 and beyond. The new fee and penalty schedule will begin on January 1st, and the inspections will be in a three-year cycle.
 
Community Development Director Lenin Agudo also announced that a voucher notice will be sent to any eligible property owner who had their property inspected in 2012 and paid the old fee. “Their next inspection will be free,” said Agudo. “We want to be fair and show property owners that we want them to continue to invest in Reading.”
 
Contact: Michael Dee
Media Consultant
City of Reading
(610) 655 - 6234
 
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2013 Housing Inspection Fee Schedule

Boarding House

 Initial 2-Year$155
 120-Day Re-Inspect$155
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection$200
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty +$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing

Five and Six Unit Properties

 Intial 2-Year$235
 120-Day Re-Inspect$235
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection$300
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty +$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing

Single Family Property

 Initial 2-Year$140
 120-Day Re-Inspect$140
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection$200
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty +$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing

Seven to Fifteen Unit Property

 Initial 2-Year$315
 120-Day Re-Inspect$315
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection$400
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty +$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing

Two Unit Property

 Initial 2-Year$165
 120-Day Re-Inspect$165
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection$200
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty +$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing
   
   

Properties with 16 or More Units

 Initial 2-Year$315+$10 per unit
 120-Day Re-Inspect$315+$10 per unit
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection125% of Initial 2 Yr
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty+$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing

Three and Four Unit Properties

 Initial 2-Year$195
 120-Day Re-Inspect$195
 1st Non-Compliance Penalty$350
 Extention Inspection$250
 2nd Non-Compliance Penalty$1,000
 3rd Non-Compliance Penalty$2,000
 Subsequent Penalties - Prior penalty +$1,000
 Delinquency Fee15% of billing

Failure to Appear or Gain Access

1-15 Units (Base Penalty)  
 1st Offense$150
 2nd Offense$250
 3rd Offense & subsequent$400
16-49 Units$200 + Base Penalty for Offense 
50+ Units$300 + Base Penalty for Offense 
Health & Safety Inspection $150
            Fee includes 120 Day Re-Inspection  
Subsequent H&S Re-Inspections $75
 

 

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