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View Draft Proposal for Changes to the City Housing Code

The City and Health Department would like to share the proposed code changes with the community. Proposed changes include:

  •  Updated code to comply with current state requirements and national best practices.
  •  Added Rental Registration provision which requires the submission of information.
  •  Added that owners of rental housing properties will pay a small annual registration fee.
  •  Added Residential Inspection Program based on criteria which include:

o External housing defects identified as part of a proactive external housing survey.

o Number of confirmed complaints received for the property in question.

o Buildings initially built over 40 years before the current calendar year.

o Buildings that contain rental units.

o Any documented cases of retaliation.

  • Inspection fees will be imposed at the time of inspection and re-inspection.
  • Expanded language prohibiting retaliation against tenants who report violations of local or state law related to housing conditions or landlord-tenant law.

Summary Sheet - Housing Changes

Purpose/Goals
To assure that the public is provided housing that is safe and adequate for the protection of the public’s health, safety and general welfare. 


Program Description
Administer city of Eau Claire, Altoona, Augusta, Town of Seymour, and Town of Union Housing Maintenance and Occupancy Codes. Enforce provisions of the County Sanitary Code that address health hazards created by unsanitary or unsafe housing conditions and to administer and enforce the State of Wisconsin mobile home park rules as an agent of the state. Conduct inspections, re-inspections and investigations in response to complaints or other agency referrals. Conduct a proactive Intensified Housing Code Compliance Program in an area of the City of Eau Claire as defined by the Community Development Block Grant target area. Provide assessment of community housing conditions. License and conduct annual inspections of rooming houses (dwelling units with more than four unrelated roomers). Conduct collaborative investigations, inspections and activities with other City and County agencies regarding community housing issues.

 

CURRENT City of Eau Claire Housing Code - Chapter 16.08 

The Housing Maintenance and Occupancy Code is an Eau Claire City Ordinance and has also been adopted by Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, and the Townships of Seymour and Union. It is used as an enforcement tool in annual inspections of licensed rooming houses, inspections of other properties on a complaint basis and for the Intensified Housing Code Compliance Program (IHCCP). The code is also used as a guideline on inspections for City Housing Assistance Programs, for the County Department of Human Services (referrals regarding sanitary conditions) and neglect cases, and for inspections of houses in areas of the county, which do not have a housing code. Townships within Eau Claire County that did not adopt the housing code have housing standards as found in Eau Claire County Code, Chapter 8.12.075.The Board of Health has created and adopted a Mobile Home Park regulation. This regulation has adopted the Housing Maintenance and Occupancy code to be applicable to all mobile homes located within the boundaries of a licensed mobile home park.

Housing programs currently implemented by the health department include:
Housing and Health
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