Do I need a Denver Residential Rental Licence Inspection?

The City of Denver approved “Healthy Residential Rentals for All” on May 3, 2021. This ordinance requires the eventual licensing of all landlords in the City of Denver. All individuals and businesses offering residential rentals must have their property inspected annually by a certified home inspector as part of the new ordinance. All Alpine Building Performance, LLC members of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. These inspections can only be performed by certified Home Inspectors for home inspection in denver co.

Alpine Building Performance, LLC, a company committed to building occupants’ safety, health, and comfort, support this program. We have been elected to the City of Denver Residential Rental License Advisory Group to ensure an efficient program. We are thrilled to be part of this program. As the rules and regulations change, we will have extensive insight into the rental inspection process.

Three phases will be required for licensing:

  • Phase 1 – January 1, 2022 – Landlords may apply for an early license to any rental dwellings within the City of Denver
  • Phase 2 – January 1, 2023. Landlords who own rental units that have 2 or more dwelling units per parcel will need to get a license from the City of Denver
  • Phase 3 – January 1, 20,24 – All landlords who own single rental dwellings in Denver will need to have a license from the City of Denver

According to reports, the Denver City Council passed a law requiring landlords to inspect rental housing and licenses. This will take effect next year.

Every four years, rental housing inspections are required. According to the law, landlords must have all their properties inspected by certified inspectors before receiving a license. The new rules require that at least 10% of the units in a property be randomly inspected.

Beginning next year, landlords will be able to apply for early licenses. Landlords that rent more than one unit on a property, such as apartments or row homes, must apply for licenses before January 1, 2023. It is one year later for landlords that rent living spaces, such as homes or accessory dwelling units.

According to the measure, the application fee is $50 and licensing fees to range from $50 for single units to $500 for properties with over 250 units. Landlords are required to renew their licenses every four years.

The Denver Post reported the council was considering the new law. Renters expressed concern that licensing 54,000 homes, condos and row houses and apartment complexes will raise their rents. Landlords complained that additional paperwork would hinder business and cause costly repairs.

Stacie Gilmore, President of Denver City Council, stated that a gradual approach was used to prevent a “bottleneck” of licensees entering at once and overwhelming the department.

Gilmore stated that the new law would also establish a database of landlords and their properties. This will allow city officials to keep track of available housing stock and communicate directly with tenants and property owners about utility- and rental assistance efforts.

Officials can find landlords and suspend or revoke licenses. Gilmore stated that tenants will be permitted to remain in their homes until the end of their leases if the first two occur.