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The Housing Code requires owners of all rental property to annually obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (PDF) and all owners of two-family dwellings to annually obtain either a Certificate of Occupancy or an Exemption (PDF).
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You must use the Housing Rental License (Certificate of Occupancy) application form because part of the home is tenant occupied.
Instead of filling out the Certificate of Occupancy application, you should fill out the Certificate of Occupancy Exemption Form (PDF) and mail it to:
Housing Inspection Department3450 Lee RoadShaker Heights, OH 44120
The city offers an annual Landlord Training Seminar and access to reduced cost tenant screening (highly recommended). Visit the Landlord Connection page to learn more or email Colin Compton, Neighborhood and Housing Specialist, for additional information.
Find the application and instructions on the Housing Rental License page.
New landlords must obtain a Housing Rental License (Certificate of Occupancy) for their rental property, as well as an interior inspection of the property. City resources for landlords can be found on the Landlord Connection page.