City of Monmouth

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Rental FAQs

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions from landlords about our rental registration and inspection program (called the Property Enhancement Program). To access the FAQ list, either use the FAQs menu to the left, under the Main Menu, or click the link below.

Rental Registration and Inspection FAQs

Landlord/Tenant Checklist

It's often a good idea for a landlord and a new tenant to do a quick walkthrough together of a rental dwelling as part of the lease-signing process. It's an opportunity for both parties to get on the same page as to the state of the rental unit before the tenant moves in. The checklist below can be a helpful tool for both parties and it can provide protection for the landlord if there are later issues about missing smoke detector batteris and such. Feel free to use as-is or modify for your own needs.

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Rental Dwelling Requirements

There are minimum requirements that a rental dwelling must conform to based on the zoning district the property is located in.  The sheet below is a quick but helpful checklist of what is required to turn a property into a rental dwelling and the requirements of the zoning district it is located in.

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Rental Inspection Criteria

A rental registration and inspection program is part of the City's larger Property Enhancement initiative. The goal of the program is to provide safe and secure rental properties for Monmouth residents who chose to rent. Inspections are conducted by the Monmouth Fire Department, with a focus on life safety, backed up by both the International Fire Prevention Code and the International Property Maintenance Code, both adopted by the City.

The document linked below is the listing of all areas that a rental inspector will be looking at, backed up by the related code. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible to inform our landlords and the community as a whole on on our efforts to enhance our residential building stock here in Monmouth.

Tenants are encouraged to ask landlords for copies of their rental inspection certificates before they sign a lease. If a landlord's property has not yet been inspected, they can simply call the Zoning Office to schedule an inspection (309-734-7590).

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Rental Registration and Inspection

Per ordinance 11-023, adopted on November 7, 2011, all rental properties within the city limits are to be registered with the City of Monmouth, with the information updated yearly. Rental dwellings will be inspected for code compliance, with compliant dwellings receiving a certificate of inspection that will be valid for three years. For informational purposes, Ordinance 11-023 is attached below. Any questions will be answered at City Hall (309-734-2141) or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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