Multi-Family Inspection ProgramStarting in 2014, the City of Doraville requires multi-family rental dwellings of four (4) or more units to be inspected for code compliance in order to preserve property values, promote community safety and wellbeing, and encourage investment in upkeep and maintenance.
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Program Overview and FAQ
Doraville Code Inspection Packet (annual inspections required)
Application for Certified Inspectors to receive Doraville approval
Doraville List of Approved Certified Inspectors - 2020 year
Per Doraville Code of Ordinances Sec. 5-72, properties must be inspected by a Certified Building Inspector, and rental businesses must submit a Certificate of Compliance annually when renewing Occupational Tax Certificates.
By March 31, 2016, all properties subject to the ordinance were required to have 100% of their units inspected and in compliance. For 2015, building exteriors and all multifamily rental units required inspection and certification. Every year thereafter, 20% of the exterior and 20% of the units must be inspected and certified, provided that all buildings and all 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 any violations observed. If the inspector determines that repairs are necessary to comply with the minimum standards, an inspection report listing any observed violations and a renovation plan must be submitted to the City’s chief building official for review and approval. The building official can grant an extension of up to one year to complete the repairs (a building permit would be required). However, if life safety issues are involved, no extension will be granted, and any such units may not be leased until brought into compliance.
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 could result in a lien being placed on the property.