The Housing Inspections Division is part of the Building Services Department and is located in the City Services Center. The Housing Inspections Division is responsible for inspections of all residential rental properties within the City of Cedar Rapids as well as investigating rental property complaints.
The Housing Inspections Division uses the International Property Maintenance Code with local amendments as the adopted "Housing Code" for the City of Cedar Rapids.
The intent of the "Housing Code" is to ensure public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the continued occupancy and maintenance of structures, heating equipment, electrical equipment, sanitation, life safety, and other hazards associated with the premises. Minimum levels of health and safety shall be maintained by the owner, owner's authorized agent or operator as required by the Code.
Landlord Business Permit
Chapter 29 of the City of Cedar Rapids Municipal Code requires that those who lease, rent, or otherwise allow a dwelling unit or a residential rental unit to be occupied to hold a valid Landlord Business Permit. There are training requirements and fees associated with a Landlord Business Permit.
Rental Unit Registration
Chapter 29 of the City of Cedar Rapids Municipal Code requires owners of rental property to register their property with the Housing Inspection Division within 30 days of transfer of title or possession of such property or at such a time that a property becomes a rental property as defined by the Housing Code. All properties that are not occupied by the owner are considered rental property even if rent is not collected from the occupant.
Please review the Housing Inspection Service Fee Schedule for the Landlord Business Permit fee requirements and the Rental Unit Registration fees.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 319-286-5197 or stop by our office.
Forms available for download:
Change of Landlord Information Form
Fuel Burning Device Report
Landlord Business Permit Form
Property Deletion Form
Property Deletion Form (Continued)
Registration Form for Multiple Rental Units (3 units or more)
Registration Form for Single Family and Duplex Rental Units