Housing inspectors from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) have a mission to protect the health, safety, economic interests and quality of life for residents and visitors of the District.
Why is this important to you? DCRA housing inspectors respond to resident’s complaints each day whether by incoming calls, emails, and/or social media. “As a housing code inspector, it is my responsibility to assess housing code violations whether they are brought to my attention by a tenant or found upon an assessment of the property,” said Derron Manning, a DCRA Housing Code Inspector.
Home inspections are necessary and can help residents avoid property damage or, in some cases, life-threatening injuries. Checking smoke alarms, leaky windows, roofing and unstable flooring are some of the key items examined by an inspector.
An inspection can yield expected and unusual discoveries like:
- Defective smoke detectors
- Animal remains (e.g. birds, cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons or reptiles)
- Lead-based paint
- Faulty do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs
“Home inspections are necessary because it is rare to find tenants and especially owners who are familiar with housing code violations for the District of Columbia,” said Manning.
For more information on housing codes, please visit dcra.dc.gov.