Voluntary Rental Inspection Program

The City has adopted a rental inspection program. Rather than being mandatory (which is no longer allowed by the State of Wisconsin), ours is a voluntary program that offers prospective tenants or any other persons in the residential rental market a level of confidence when considering properties to lease. There is currently no governmental level of oversight/inspection unless a complaint is filed by a tenant. 

What is inspected? 

Inspections look for basic health and safety issues within the dwelling itself, which could include: 

  • inoperable/broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, 
  • broken/missing guardrails, 
  • water leakage, 
  • lack of heat or hot water, 
  • improper electrical connections, 
  • broken windows, 
  • improper vent connections, and more. 
  • In apartment (commercial) buildings with more than 3 units, all common areas, if any, would also be inspected.
  • Any identified violations must be corrected by the rental property owner prior to the property receiving certification form the City.
  • See a Sample Inspection Checklist (PDF)
  • See a Sample Certificate of Compliance (PDF)

What about non-health or safety-related items that may be found? 

  • These would not impact the issuance of the certificate indicating that the unit complied with basic rental inspection criteria. 
  • If items outside of the basic inspection scope were found to be non-complaint, Community Development Department staff will not withhold issuance of the certificate, but would note the items of concern and work cooperatively with the property owner within their timeline and budget to address any issues not specific to the inspection.

Who would perform the inspection? 

  • Inspections are performed by Community Development Department staff or a qualified, privately-licensed inspector. 
  • The Fire Department would be involved with commercial buildings (3 units or more), as they are required by the State to perform an annual inspection of the common areas of these properties. 
  • An owner may opt to use a privately-licensed State of Wisconsin UDC building or DSPS home inspector who would use the City-provided Inspection Checklist (PDF) and sign an affidavit of inspection. 
  • A third party licensed inspector may not inspect a dwelling which they own or have an ownership interest in, or if they work for a management company responsible for or have a direct business interest in said properties.

For how long is the inspection valid? 

  • The inspection is valid for five years. 
  • If the property is not re-inspected prior to the date of expiration, it would lose the status of “Notice of Compliance with Voluntary Rental Inspection Program” issued by the City of Stevens Point and be removed from the online database.

Properties that have been Certified

1917 Clark St.See Checklist (PDF)See Certificate (PDF)
600 John's Dr.See Checklist (PDF)
See Certificate (PDF)
701 & 703 Union St.See Checklist (PDF)
See Certificate (PDF)