In 2014, the City of Doraville passed an ordinance that requires multi-family rental dwellings of four (4) or more units to be inspected for compliance with adopted codes. The new multi-family inspection program is designed to:
- Preserve property values, promote economic vitality and crime prevention, and ensure safe, healthy, and clean environments; and
- Promote ongoing investment in upkeep and maintenance.
The first milestone of the program is March 31, 2016, by which date all properties subject to the ordinance must have 100% of their units inspected and in compliance with required standards.
- For 2015, the exterior and all multifamily rental dwellings/units must be inspected and certified.
- Every year thereafter, 20% of the exterior and 20% of the dwellings/units must be inspected and certified, provided that all buildings and all dwellings/units are to be inspected, at a minimum, every five years.
- All dwellings/units/buildings inspected must be listed individually on the Code Compliance Certificate.
- Each owner and certified building inspector is required to keep a written record of all inspections for each unit, including the date of the inspection, items inspected, and all violations, if any, observed.
Inspectors must be certified by the City of Doraville prior to inspecting any multifamily properties. To become certified, inspectors must submit a copy of their business license and applicable certification for approval and meet with the chief building official.
Failure to comply with the ordinance can result in fines for each unit subject to inspection for each day that compliance has not been met. Additionally, the City can inspect the units at a non-compliant property, if necessary. If this occurs, the property owner will be responsible for the cost of the inspections, and failure to pay such costs couldresult in a lien being placed on the property.