Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection and Single Room Occupancy Programs

Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection Program (MFD)

The purpose of the Multi-Family Dwelling (MFD) Inspection Program is to identify blighted and deteriorated housing stock and provide for the rehabilitation of housing that does not meet minimum building, housing and property maintenance code standards. The MFD program ensures, through inspections, that multi-family dwelling units are safe to occupy and preserves the quality of life for residents. The Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection and Maintenance Program is mandatory for all multi-unit residential rental complexes of six units or more. 

MFD Ordinance (PDF) 

List of properties Certified Exceptional (PDF) by the City of South Lake Tahoe Multi-Family Dwelling Inspection and Maintenance Program. Properties obtain this level of certification by passing three successive annual inspections.

MFD Certified Exceptional List location map coming soon.

Single Room Occupancy Program (SRO)

The City of South Lake Tahoe recognizes that for certain residents, quality affordable rental housing has been difficult to obtain. In recent years many older hotel/motel properties have responded to the demand for lower income and workforce housing by converting their use from transient lodging to long term living facilities. Hotels/Motels that rent one (1) or more rooms for thirty (30) consecutive days are subject to the rules and regulations established by the SRO program. Examples of retrofits to SRO properties include, common kitchens, identifying placards, functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, etc.. For a detailed list of all requirements under the SRO Program, please view the documents below: 

SRO Ordinance (PDF)

SRO Resolution (PDF) 

SRO BL and TOT Verification Form (PDF)

SRO Permit Application (PDF)

SRO Requirements (PDF)

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements (PDF) 

2017 and 2018 SRO Certified Property List (PDF) 

2019 SRO Certified Property List (PDF) 

MFD and SRO Common Area List Inspection Guide (PDF) 

MFD and SRO Unit List Inspection Guide (PDF) 

MFD and SRO Smoke & CO Detectors Information (PDF)

SRO registered properties location map coming soon.

Business License

Properties subject to the MFD and SRO programs must hold a current businesses license which must be renewed annually. Please visit the City’s Business and Professions Tax website for more information. 


The MFD and SRO annual service fees are charged in accordance with the City of South Lake Tahoe Schedule of Fees. The fees are used to finance the full cost of inspection and enforcement and it’s collected as part of the business license renewal.

Property Management Requirements

According to the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Article 5, Section 42: “A manager, janitor, housekeeper, or other responsible person shall reside upon the premises and shall have charge of every apartment house in which there are 16 or more apartments, and of every hotel in which there are 12 or more guest rooms, in the event that the owner of any such apartment house or hotel does not reside upon said premises. Only one caretaker would be required for all structures under one ownership and on one continuous parcel of land. If the owner does not reside upon the premises of any apartment house in which there are more than four but less than 16 apartments, a notice stating his name and address, or the name and address of his agent in charge of the apartment house, shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises.”

Safety Information

Don’t overload your home! According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 fires in the U.S are caused by electrical failure. Overloaded Circuit Warning Signs (PDF).