For more information about the purpose and scope of the program, please review the Summary of Ordinance and Program Requirements
Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 8.58 now requires non-owner occupant buyers of properties that have a default or foreclosure history to register and arrange for an inspection by Building Services. A City inspector will then assess whether the property conditions meet the local building or housing codes or whether blight abatement or rehabilitation work is needed. If the property is found to be in violation of City code requirements, the inspector will work with the new owner on an abatement plan.
This program applies to residential one-to-four unit properties in the City of Oakland for which all of the following conditions apply:
The owner or responsible agent is required to complete a self-directed property inspection using the City property conditions checklist. These findings will be reported through the registration process. Download the Inspection Checklist here.
The registrant must provide basic details about the sales transaction, including the name and address of the seller and contact information for the new owner and acting agents if applicable. Many of these fields are required, so to expedite this process, a review of the Registration Checklist in advance is highly recommended.
Once information is gathered, select the “New Registration” button to begin the process. Immediately note the “IOP” number assigned at the top of the first registration page, which is required for subsequent access to the registration.New Registration →
Once all information has been entered, the registration fee of $959.00 can be paid by credit card. You can also make payment by calling 510-238-4774. Schedule an In-Person Appointment with the Cashier here.
Your registration will not be complete until the payment is received.
Once the registration is complete, an inspection by a City Building Services Inspector must be scheduled within 30 days. Instructions are provided in the final stages of the registration process.
Once registered, the owner must ensure that the property remains in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the program requirement that abatement of non-substandard conditions be completed within 60 days. More significant rehabilitation may be given more time at the discretion of the City Building Official. Read the Summary of Ordinance and Program Requirements and OMC 8.58 for more information.
Questions? Please email us at IOPRegistration@oaklandca.gov.
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