Rental Property Inspection
Trappe Borough conducts regular inspections of residential rental units. The foremost goal of this program is public safety, helping to ensure that apartments and other rental units are maintained in accordance with current building and property codes. In addition to safeguarding residents living in rental units, the program will help to protect property values throughout the Borough. Rental properties not subject to regular inspections are more likely to deteriorate over time. Neglected properties, in turn, lower the value of neighboring homes.
Prior to the adoption of the program, rental units in the Borough were only inspected when a rental property changed ownership. And because some rental properties can be held by the same corporation or individual for several decades, rental units could go many years without an inspection. Now, rental units will be inspected every time there is a change of tenants, or every three years, whichever occurs first.
Owners of rental properties created after January 1, 2009 will pay a one-time registration fee of $100 per property. To register your property, please use the Rental Property Registration.
After the rental property is registered, each rental unit must pass inspection. Inspections are scheduled with a Rental Inspection Checklist. A general list of items that will be looked at during Residential Rental inspections is available at Borough Hall and/or on our website located with other Residential Rental documents.
A complete copy of the rental inspection ordinance can be found here. Rental property owners who have questions about the rental inspection program are encouraged to contact Borough Hall at 610-489-7181.
A Rental Inspection Checklist of items that the inspector will be looking at during a residential rental inspection is available below for your reference.
IMPORTANT NOTE: On or before April 1st of each year property owners and/or managers must submit a completed “Annual Tenancy Report” to the Borough for each Residential Rental Property owned. There is no fee due for this. The form is available below and may be faxed, emailed, or sent via US mail.