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Living by The Code

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The building codes in San Diego are intended to keep houses and apartments habitable. The rules maintain a high quality of life and a community with a healthy environment. Building codes place a considerable responsibility on the shoulders of the landlords in San Diego. Complaints can be filed for many reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Mold complaints
  • Plumbing and mechanical violations
  • Noise
  • Parking in the front yard

The building codes may vary from one municipality to another. Compliance can be a nightmare for any landlord who has property in several places. Therefore, using a property management company in San Diego is a smart business decision. Alta Vista Properties is one of the best in San Diego.


Stopping a Problem from Happening

Prevention is worth a pound of cure as we all know. Alta Vista Properties concentrates on stopping problems before these issues get serious. We perform periodic inspections of the properties. These are done at a convenient time for the tenants and enable us to inspect living conditions. The tenants are encouraged to report damage as soon as possible. We have a page on our website to make reporting convenient.

Not all property management companies in San Diego are mindful of building codes. Alta Vista Properties is a student of the regulations. We know what municipalities expect and we stay current on any changes. We will advise clients wanting to do renovation work and point out what the code allows. Green regulations are becoming more common and we know about the green codes in the client’s communities.

Property owners ignore building codes at their own risk. Mold, faulty plumbing, or problems with electrical wiring may result in fines. Worst case situations include property being vacated until changes are made and the same property being condemned. The latter causes a substantial investment loss. Alta Vista Properties takes any damage seriously. We will not delay on necessary repairs. Other companies may have to search for repair contractors and might not hire the best. We have a list of contractors with whom we have a long-term relationship. These professionals know what we expect of them. They will only charge for work they do, and all effort will comply with building codes.


Avoiding Problem Tenants

Prevention goes beyond simply checking for repairs. Some tenants have a history of abusing the property or letting damage go unfixed. Those are the people we try to stay away from and Alta Vista Properties will check the record for any past difficulties. Our screening process is nondiscriminatory, and we rely on property damage reports and other indications that a prospective tenant may be negligent. We remind current tenants of the importance of reporting repairs and maintaining the apartment or house. The lease a tenant signs with us reminds that person of the obligations to keep the property well and sound. The tenant needs to do everything to make sure they leave the apartment in the same condition they originally found it.

We understand that a client may find the building codes annoying. We have worked with property owners for decades and we understand some of the frustration. Nevertheless, Alta Vista Properties knows how important it is to maintain those building codes. Apartments and houses in San Diego command a high price and should not be allowed to deteriorate. We consider those codes as a means of preserving the investment of our clients and we make sure that the properties we manage are compliant with all statutes regarding the acceptable maintenance of the structure.

Our clients have a long-term relationship with us and it is due to the services we provide, including information about housing rules and regulations. Please inquire at any time about our property management services. We can be reached at 858-274-3600 or by email at We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions!


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Posted by: chelsea on January 17, 2019
Posted in: Utilities