Code Enforcement Workgroup

One of the coalition's top priorities is addressing issues of substandard housing, including pest infestations, moisture and mold problems, exposure to lead-based paint, and other unhealthy conditions. The Code Enforcement Workgroup explores opportunities to improve and prevent substandard conditions through improved housing code and code enforcement practices.

Current Priorities

Pest Infestations

The workgroup's goal is to reduce exposure to pests and pesticides by promoting the use of integrated pest management (IPM), particularly in rental housing. The workgroup is currently developing tools and resources on IPM targeting landlords/property managers, tenants, and code enforcement officers.

 Recent Successes of Coalition Members:

  • Closed a gap in state code that limits the enforcement authority for pest infestations to county health officers - SB 488 (2013)
  • Connected existing state codes on pest infestations and structural deficiencies to ensure that code enforcement officers require owners with pest infestations to also correct any structural problems that contribute to the infestation, such as plumbing or other water leaks - SB 1167 (2014)
  • Ensured that tenants are informed by landlords when they apply pesticides - SB 328 (2015) 
  • Extended the "right to know" about pesticide applications from SB 328 to home owner assiciations - AB 2362 (2016)

Mold

Mold in homes is one of the most common healthy housing challenges identified by the workgroup.  The workgroup is focused on supporing the implementation of SB 655 (see below) to ensure that mold complaints are adequately addressed by code enforcement and establishing safe work practices and professional standards for mold assessors and mold remediators.

Recent Success of Coalition Members:

  •  Added mold to the list of enforceable substandard housing conditions to the state's Health and Safety Code - SB 655 (2015)

Lead-based Paint

Exposure to lead-based paint in homes is the most common source of childhood lead poisoning.  Begining in 2016, To better protect children and workers, CHHC members are working to align state and federal lead-safe work practices regulations.


CHHC Webinar:

California's New Mold Law: A Training for Enforcement Officers

On January 26th, CHHC hosted a webinar for code enforcement and health officers focused on outlining California's mold law and strategies for implementation.  You can view a recording of the webinar here.

Presenters include:

  • Leonard Powell, Code Enforcement Manager, City of Freemont and Regional Director for the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers.  Mr. Powell outlines the requirements of the new law and discusses strategies for enforcement.
  • Craig Wong, Environmental Health Specialist for the City of Long Beach.  Mr. Wong provides some background on indoor mold and walks through the procedures Long Beach has developed over the last two decades of mold enforcement, including identification and documentation of mold problems and verification of remediation.

Click here to watch.

 

Co-Chairs

Susan Carre
IAQ-IQ

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Brandon Kitagawa
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention

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Meeting Times

Third Tuesday of every month
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

 

To join, contact the chairs.

 

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