Los Angeles -- L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today released an audit of the Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP), which inspects the City's residential rental units to verify compliance with state and local health, safety and building codes.
The Controller's audit includes recommendations to streamline the program and to improve compliance so that all rental units within Los Angeles are safe and habitable.
“The health and safety of people who reside in L.A. needs to be of paramount importance,” L.A. Controller Ron Galperin said. “Our City has over time improved its code enforcement programs. But there is more we can and should be doing to respond quickly to complaints, to ensure the absolute accuracy of inspections and to modernize how we do it.”
“We’re extremely supportive of SCEP and of L.A. Controller Ron Galperin for pinpointing where we need to better focus our resources to ensure these are truly successful programs,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. “We know that the L.A. Housing and Community Investment Department is committed to renters and the city as a whole. Programs like SCEP are crucial to ensuring renters of the city are able to reside in a safe and habitable rental units. While it’s important that we constantly reassess the work and effectiveness of these programs, it’s just as important for the City to provide whatever resources are needed to ensure the safety of Angelenos.”
Created in 1998 to provide routine inspections of residential buildings with two or more rental units, SCEP inspections aim to curtail and remedy substandard conditions. More than 96,000 properties and more than 740,000 rental units are subject to SCEP, which is conducted by the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID).
To improve SCEP’s fiscal processes, effectiveness and complaint response times, the Controller’s audit recommends that HCID: