Rental Housing Inspections
The Inspections Department regularly inspects rental properties in the City of Fargo. The purpose of the rental housing inspection program is to provide for a safe and healthful environment for tenants, the preservation of the community's rental housing stock and the viability of the community's neighborhoods. The Inspections Department enforces the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as adopted by the City of Fargo, Ordinance 31-0101.
How Inspections are Arranged:
Rental property inspections are requested by letter to Property Owners and/or Managers. Inspections are arranged by appointment typically between 9:00AM and 3:30PM, Monday through Friday. Should you receive such a letter requesting an inspection, please contact the Inspections Department at 701.476.6708 to arrange an appointment. If you are a rental property owner, please ensure that your rental is recorded with the City of Fargo Inspections Department. There is no cost for this service.
If the Property Owner/Property Manager does not respond to the inspection request, an exterior inspection of the building will be done. The inspector may also attempt to arrange an inspection with the tenant. The inspector will continue to work towards gaining access for an interior inspection to ensure safety codes are being met. All life, health, and safety issues must be addressed immediately.
Can the Inspections Department help with problem resolution?
If a complaint is received about an urgent condition at a property, the inspector will attempt to contact the Owner or Property Manager to gain access, and arrangements may be made with the tenant to inspect the property at the earliest possible time. Only someone who has a legal right to enter the building—a tenant, property manager, or landlord—may invite the inspector into the rental.
Unfortunately, not all landlord and tenant issues can be solved using municipal or housing codes. Inspectors can help resolve concerns with your rental space as it pertains to your personal health and safety but cannot be involved with leases, security deposits, or eviction issues. To begin the complaint process, please contact the owner, landlord, or property manager to let them know what your issue is, in writing, and give them a reasonable amount of time to respond. A tenant must contact the appropriate responsible party about their issue prior to contacting the Inspections office, even if the intended recipient does not respond. An inspector may ask for a copy of that documentation.
If the landlord or property manager does not follow through with resolving an issue, please contact our office to speak to a rental housing inspector at 701.241.1561, or report an issue using Fargo One.
What types of things do the inspectors look for?
The main concerns are that the building is safe, that required codes and ordinances are met, and that equipment is installed correctly and in working order. The inspectors are there to enforce minimum health, safety, and maintenance codes, such as proper and safe stairs and exitways, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are present and working, and that the roof is not leaking, etc.
If you have questions about your rights as a tenant, particularly with regard to legal matters such as rent, security deposits and evictions, please contact your lawyer or Legal Services of North Dakota at 1.800.634.5263, or to view tenant rights in North Dakota, please visit the North Dakota Attorney General Website.