WHERE: Richfield Public Safety 6700 Portland Ave. (City Hall) Richfield, MN 55423 -- by mail or in person.
WHEN: Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. Phone 612 861-9882.
HOW: Fill out the application, schedule inspection appointment allowing 1-2 hours for the inspection and explanation, and submit fee (by cash or check only.)
WHO: The person responsible for the repairs should be present during the inspection, if possible.
Frequently Asked Questions:
WHAT IS THE “POINT OF SALE” HOUSING INSPECTION PROGRAM?
In 1989, the Richfield City Council passed an ordinance which requires that all single family and 2-family homes in the City (including condominiums) that transfer title after October 1, 1990 be inspected by the City of Richfield Inspection Division and a Certificate of Housing Maintenance be obtained prior to transfer of ownership or closing. To schedule an inspection, an application form must be completed and returned to the City, along with the appropriate fee.
WHEN IS AN INSPECTION REQUIRED AND WHO DOES THE INSPECTION?
The inspection must be completed prior to title transfer (closing). If repairs are needed to meet the housing code, they must be completed and re-inspected prior to closing and within 1 year of the initial inspection date. If the buyer assumes responsibility for repairs, the closing can only proceed under the conditions outlined on the back of the Point of Sale Inspection brochure.
The property can be inspected anytime during the selling process. However, it is strongly recommended that the inspection be done prior to listing or advertising the dwelling for sale. Arranging for the inspection is the responsibility of the owner and not necessarily the real estate agent. A City Housing Inspector does the inspection.
WHAT DOES THE INSPECTOR LOOK FOR DURING THE INSPECTION?
The inspector visually checks the condition of the roof, foundation, doors, and windows, exterior paint or covering, electrical system, plumbing system, chimney, and heating/cooling system as well as various other items. A written report is provided at the end of the inspection listing items to be repaired.
This program does not require older houses to comply with today’s stricter building standards. However, corrections must be made to deficiencies that violate the building codes that were in effect at the time the house was built and to problems that pose a health or safety hazard. Some items, such as ceiling heights, floor area, and window size, may be exempt from the code if they are considered “built-in deficiencies” and do not present a safety hazard.