About the Rental Inspection Registration Program
Lynchburg "Good To Go" Rental Inspection Program has special districts that require regular rental housing inspections for structures that meet specific criteria, such as dwelling units in the oldest parts of the city built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, areas which receive CDBG/HOME funds and dwelling structures in areas with congested density.
The Rental Inspection Program began its enforcement process in 2005 based on the designated rental inspection districts (see district list). Residential rental units in these areas are inspected by city staff to insure compliance with the Virginia property maintenance building code requirements and occupancy standards.
The inspections are required in order to help Lynchburg rental units maintain:
- Safe and habitable housing for its occupants
- Overall appearance of the structure
- Real Estate values in neighborhoods
Landlords and owners renting their property are likely familiar with the;
- Virginia Tenant Landlord Act 2017
- VA State Code of Virginia > Title 55> Property and Conveyances> Chapter 13>Landlord and Tenant
- 2012 Virginia Maintenance Code
Therefore, landlords/owners are expected to maintain Lynchburg rentals as habitable and “Good To Go” before occupancy. If the rental is currently occupied, the owner/landlord is assumed to have diligently maintained and provided occupants/tenants with a dwelling unit that meets the Virginia standardization of habitable property maintenance building code requirements.
As with all property maintenance violations, the property owner/landlord is provided an inspection report. If violations are found and cited, reasonable time is allowed to obtain the necessary corrections of the violations. If the owner/landlord fails to correct cited violations, the inspector will proceed with court action for failure to comply. All building code violations are subject to criminal charges and fines.
Rentals are added to the rental inspection program upon observed discovery, complaints, new ownership, legal aid, and or city data.
Full rental inspection program information, rental inspection checklist and to check online for unit information can be found at www.lynchburgva.gov/rental-program
The Residential Rental Inspection Districts Consist of:
Daniels Hill Census Tract #4
Rivermont Census Tract #4
Down Town Census Tract #5
College Hill Census Tract #6
Dearington Census Tract #6
Garland Hill Census Tract #6
Tinbridge Hill Census Tract #6
Miller Park Census Tract #7
Diamond Hill Census Tract #11
White Rock Hill Census Tract #19 (formally 12&13)
Fairview Heights Census Tract #19 (formally 12&13)
Seminary Hill Census Tract #19 (formally 12&13)
Tyreeanna Census Tract #19 (formally 12&13)