Residential Rental Inspection Program
The goal of the Residential Rental Inspection Program is to ensure that rental housing units are in compliance with the El Cerrito Municipal Code Chapter 16.30.
Rental property owners or managers, click the link below to access the "Licenses" portal, which will allow you to search rental license records and pay applicable fees. Note that to pay fees, you will need to create a user account and log into the eTRAKiT system.
Did you receive a notice that you are due for an inspection?
If you have received written notice from the City of El Cerrito that you are due for an inspection, please follow the directions stated in the notice. Please fill out this form to request an inspection and someone from the City will call you to schedule. Payment is due when the inspection is scheduled.
What constitutes a rental unit?
A rental unit includes a dwelling unit in an apartment complex, an in-law unit, a duplex, or a single-family home, which is rented or occupied by any person other than the legal owner of the property for any portion of a year, regardless of whether any compensation is received.
Note: All property owners with rental units are required to obtain a City of El Cerrito business license
How long does a Rental Inspection take?
All residential rental units are subject to the code except:
- Section 8 Housing Units that are inspected annually by the Housing Authority.
- Newly constructed residential rental units less than five (5) years old.
- Units occupied by the legal owner of the property
- The property is vacant and will not be rented in the near future