Please call 339-6327 or email inspections@cityofcape.org with questions.  

      General Requirements: The dwelling is to be safe, clean, sanitary, fit for human occupancy and comply with all applicable legal requirements of the state and the city, including the following requirements:
  • Must have proper functioning smoke alarm installed in each bedroom, in common hallway outside of bedrooms, and on each floor level including the basement.
     
  • Must exhibit no evidence of pest infestation.
     
  • All windows and doors must be maintained in good condition and function properly.
     
  • Kitchen faucet, sink, and drains must be maintained in good condition and function properly.
     
  • Kitchen area must have cabinets and/or shelves for storage.
     
  • Must have adequate space and hookups for stove and refrigerator.
     
  • Bathroom faucet, lavatory, and drains must be maintained in good condition and function properly.
     
  • Bathtub/shower faucet and drains must be maintained in good condition and function properly.
     
  • Toilet must be securely fastened to floor, maintained in good condition and function properly.
     
  • Plumbing system must be maintained in good condition and function properly.
     
  • Electrical service panel, switch, receptacle, and junction box covers must be in place.
     
  • There can be no exposed electrical wiring connections.
     
  • There must be exterior lighting fixtures installed at entrances and exits.
     
  • Electrical system must be safe, compliant, and function properly.
     
  • There must be a securely fastened handrail installed on steps with 4 or more risers.
     
  • There must be securely fastened guards installed on landings more than 30 inches high.
     
  • With limited exceptions, bedrooms must have approved emergency egress doors or windows leading directly to the outside with a minimum clear opening of 24 inches high and 30 inches wide.
     
  • Exhaust fans and dryers must be ventilated to the outside.
     
  • Furnished appliances must function properly.
     
  • There must be an approved and properly functioning heating system.
     
  • Rental unit must be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
     
  • Interior ceilings, walls, floors, and stairs must be maintained in good condition.
     
  • Exterior roof, walls, foundation, decks, porches, and steps must be maintained in good condition.
     
  • Rental unit must be structurally sound and safe to occupy.

Forms & Documents

View Ordinance
Download/Print Brochure
Application for Rental License 
Rental Property Complaint


Residential Rental Newsletter

August 2016


Rental Resource Links

Cape Area Landlord Assoc. (email)
Rental Guide (Chamber of Commerce)
Landlord-Tenant Law
Missouri's Landlord-Tenant Law (PDF)


Pests

CDC Bed Bugs FAQs
EPA Guide to Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Control Best Practices
Pest Control: Resources for Managers
Resources for Apartment Residents
Help! It’s a Roach!
Preventing Pests at Home (PDF)


Mold

A Brief Guide to Mold


Portals

HUD.GOV
East Missouri Action Agency

Contacts

Anna Kangas, AIA - Building & Code Enforcement Manager
Gary Hill - Property Maintenance & Zoning Inspector
Allan Fletchall - Property Maintenance & Zoning Inspector


City Hall - 2nd Floor
401 Independence Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Phone 573-339-6327
Fax 573-339-6303

inspections@cityofcape.org