Recognizing that the quality of life in Chino is directly linked to the character and condition of its commercial, industrial and residential neighborhoods, the City has adopted various property maintenance standards which are designed to enhance property values, protect the appearance, integrity and character of the community, and secure the public’s health, safety and welfare. Toward this goal, the City requires that all structures, landscaping, accessory structures, paved areas, fences and personal property situated on lots and premises in the city be maintained in a manner that protects the health and safety of users, occupants and the general public.
Peeling paint, cracked windows, damaged or dilapidated roofs, fences in disrepair, inoperable vehicles stored in public view, and walkways or driveways overgrown with weeds, are all considered substandard property maintenance conditions. For a complete list of all property maintenance requirements, please refer to the property maintenance code requirements by clicking here.
Similar requirements also apply to visible front and side yard areas, and rear yard areas that are visible from a public alley. All such areas in public view are required to be fully landscaped and maintained in a neat, trimmed and weed-free condition. Also, overgrown weeds, bushes, trees, grass and other vegetation located anywhere on the property are considered substandard property maintenance if overgrown to an extent that creates the potential for rat harborage or endangers the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
Who is Responsible for Property Maintenance?
Ultimately, the Property Owner is responsible for ensuring that code violations are corrected. However, the property tenants may also have an obligation (through the rental agreement) to keep the property in good condition and free from code violations. Under California Civil Code Section 1941.2, tenants are required to take reasonable care of the rented property. The tenant is responsible for damages caused by him/her or anyone else for which he/she is responsible (e.g. children and guests) that result from neglect or abuse. The landlord is responsible for repairing conditions that seriously affect the rental unit’s habitability. For less serious repairs, the responsibility to make repairs is often determined within the terms of a rental agreement.
Additional information on Landlord & Tenant Rights and Responsibilities can be found on the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs website. Also, you may contact the Inland Fair Housing Mediation Board for fair housing inquiries and assistance at (909) 984-2254 or visit their website here.