Proactive Rental Inspections
IF you have received a letter about your rental property you can schedule your inspection here: https://bit.ly/cobprii.
DO NOT use this link if you have not received the letter. If you would like to schedule an interior inspection to receive a Certificate of Rental Compliance please call 311 and ask for an Rental Registration Inspection.
All 1 & 2 family non-owner occupied properties are required to register with the Department of Permits & Inspections via the Rental Registration, even if they are vacant. All occupied properties will be scheduled for proactive inspection by the Department and will be required to maintain a Certificate of Rental Compliance. If a property is inspected and fails to meet the standards for a Certificate of Rental Compliance it will not be permitted to operate as an income property and tenants may not be evicted for non-payment of rent.
The program will be implemented in the summer of 2021 to ensure that these rental properties are safe, habitable and in compliance with applicable city and building codes.
Because there are over 20,000 rental properties in the City of Buffalo the Department of Inspections will only be able to inspect a limited number of properties every year. In 2021 and early 2022 the department will be inspecting rental properties in The Upper Westside and Schiller Park neighborhoods. A schedule for the rest of the city's neighborhoods will be announced here as it is developed.
In collaboration with the Partnership for Public Good (PPG) the Department of Permits and Inspections presented the details of the Proactive Rental Inspection program and took questions from landlords and tenants in the City of Buffalo. The presentations include the history of the program's development, statements of support for the program and legislation from Common Council Chairman Rivera and Councilman Nowakowski, the objectives and design of the program, and information on financial assistance - also listed at the bottom of this page. Recordings of the presentations and the slides are linked below.
Below is a table of documents, including a general information brochure and templates of letters that will be sent to alert properties for inspection.
|General Information||Proactive Rental Inspection Brochure|
|Owner Letter||Notice of Rental Inspection - Owner|
|Occupant Letter||Notice of Rental inspection - Occupant|
|City Code Chapter 264||Rental Dwelling Unit Registration|
If achieving code compliance will be financially for difficult for the property owner there may be assistance available. Review the loan and grant funds available below and contact the loan providers to check your eligibility.
- Lead Hazard Reduction Grant
- B.U.R.A. Stand Up Buffalo
- Erie County Department of Health
- Buffalo Landlord Fund
The City’s new Lead Hazard Reduction Grant provides up to $12,000 per unit to property owners in the Upper West Side and Schiller Park neighborhoods. Upper West Side residents are directed to call Heart of the City Neighborhoods and Schiller Park residents are directed to call the Matt Urban Center to determine eligibility.
The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency administers a wide variety of loan and grant programs to assist property owners in the city. A comprehensive list can be read here. Many are directed to homeowners, but a growing number assist small landlords. In particular Stand Up Buffalo provides grants up to $20,000 dollars for the improvement of rental properties. More information about available at: buffalourbanrenewal.org.
The Erie County Department of Health conducts multiple initiatives for lead poisoning prevention. They administer a lead hazard reduction grant as well that provides an average of $10,000 to property owners to address lead hazards in the home, such as paint remediation and window replacement. For more information click here.
The Buffalo Landlord Fund provides loans up to $25,000 and grants up to $5,000 or 20% of the loan total to landlords with one - four unit rental properties. The loan is administered by Home Headquarters of Syracuse & Upstate New York. Visit there website by clicking here to apply online. There are no income requirements for the tenants or landlords, but the property must be in compliance with the city's rental requirements (rental registration).