- No Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in the kitchen or bathroom
- No furnace inspection
- Overload of electrical services
- No handrail (on steps of four or more risers)
- No batteries in smoke detectors
- Missing screens and storm windows
- No egress windows
- No smoke detectors in bedrooms and basement
Every rental unit will be inspected once every 5 years. A notice will be sent to you prior to the inspection. After each inspection, you will receive an explanation of the results of the inspection. Inspection results are only mailed if the inspection failed.
If a landlord fails to provide for access to a unit for a scheduled inspection, a “No Show” $30.00 fee will be assessed. Please call the Rental Housing Secretary, Yeni Klemesrud at 641-421-3380 if you have a conflict and are unable to keep your scheduled appointment.
After the inspection, you will receive an invoice for the inspection services. The inspection services fee is:
All rental properties must have a heating/cooling contractor inspect the furnace for safety of the unit and controls. A furnace inspection is current if it has been done within two (2) years prior to your periodic inspection. Please have a copy of the furnace inspection for the Rental Housing Inspector on or before the date of your initial inspection.
Rental Dwelling Unit Certificate of Compliance
A certificate of Compliance will only be issued once a property passes its rental inspection, a furnace inspection has been completed and mailed or faxed by you or your heating contractor, and all fees have been paid.
If you buy or sell a residential rental unit, please update us on the status of ownership for the unit.
Please contact us within 30 days of the sale, print the Change Request for Rental Property/Landlord License and mail the completed form to Neighborhood Services Division, 10 1st St NW, Mason City, IA 50401.
Helpful Links, Programs, Resources and Information
Check out the North Iowa Landlords Association on Facebook
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landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities."
Cerro Gordo County Homeowners and Landlords!! Cerro Gordo County Public Health is still accepting applications for their HUD Lead Hazard Control Program! Click the link for an application and more information! http://cghealth.com/topics/hud/
NIACOG Housing Trust Fund-Repair Program for Rental Housing. Deadline: June 1, 2017! Home repair for rental housing in Cerro Gordo County. Projects primarily include exterior improvements such as siding/painting, window replacement, replacement of front steps, demolition of garages in poor condition or other repairs that focus on badly needed exterior rehabilitation. Large projects of $20,000 or more are preferred, but not required. This program can be used in combination with the Cerro Gordo Public Health Lead Abatement Program. Applications are due June 1st. Click the following link to print application NIACOG Rental Housing Repair Assistance Application NIACOG Repair Program Brochure
Mason City Rental Housing Contact Information
The following individuals may be contacted at the
Neighborhood Services Division located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall 10 1st St. NW. Mason City, IA 50401
Ray Quayle, Housing Inspector & Zoning Administrator
License & Rental Permits and Inspection Requirements
Yeni Klemesrud, Neighborhood Services & Transit Secretary
Scheduled Inspections & General Questions
T: 641-421-3380 Email: email@example.com