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.
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.
“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 Derron Manning, a DCRA Housing Code Enforcer.
DCRA housing inspectors respond to complaints received each day whether by incoming calls or emails, but their ability evaluate harmful conditions is important to maintain healthy and safe conditions for anyone entering a structure.
“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,” Manning said.
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
For more information on housing codes, please visit dcra.dc.gov.