SCEP is an acronym for ‘Systematic Code Enforcement Program’. Through the SCEP program, LAHD
housing inspectors conduct a site visit to every single
Los Angeles rental income property with two or more units on a three-year revolving basis. LAHD has roughly ~175 inspectors. In addition to their regularly scheduled SCEP inspections, LAHD inspectors also respond to tenant complaints they receive (LAHD recieves approximately ~15,000 tenant complaints each year and responds to 87% of them within 72 hours).
SCEP was created in 1998 to ensure that the Los Angeles rental housing stock is safe and habitable. SCEP is basically an anti slum lord program. Many multi-family property owners are upset by SCEP because LAHD’s inspectors routinely write citations for minor cosmetic issues and misquote building codes that they do not understand. LAHD inspectors are not LADBS inspectors– and they usually do not have a construction background.
LAHD inspectors will be checking that the property meets Section 1941.1 of the California Civil Code, the Uniform Housing Code of the State of California, or the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
Since SCEP’s introduction they have reported more than 3.6 million code violations and have accounted for more than $2.6 billion in capital reinvested in the City’s housing stock. LAHD wrote a SCEP Pre-Inspection Guide that gives some advice for landlords on preparing for a SCEP inspection.
- Lack of proper maintenance or unsanitary conditions in a building or on its premises, including any infestation of termites, roaches, rodent or other such nuisance conditions.
- Deteriorated or defective interior walls, ceilings, floors or floor covering.
- Broken or missing windows, window screens.
- Lack of quick-release mechanisms on security bars over sleeping room windows.
- Defective, missing or improperly installed smoke detectors.
- Lack of required light, ventilation, required minimum floor area, or required ceiling height in a habitable room.
- Defective or missing required light fixtures, electrical outlets, switches, etc. or exposed/unsafe electrical wiring
- Deteriorated, leaking, or missing plumbing items. Lack of required hot water. Lack of required heat.
- Illegal Units, and unpermitted construction.
LAHD will try to mail apartment owners SCEP inspection notice 30-days in advance of the regularly scheduled inspection. Shorter time frames may be imposed for properties referred by a tenant complaint or other enforcement agency such as the Health Department, the Department of Building and Safety, Los Angeles Housing Department Code Enforcement Unit, or the Fire Department.