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Basement Habitability Inspections

The Department of Housing and Community Affairs Code Enforcement Unit offers inspections of basements of single-family detached homes, townhouses and duplex dwellings to ensure they meet Code standards for habitability. There are often safety issues associated with living in a basement such as inadequate ceiling height, lack of smoke detectors, improper egress windows, and other problems, and these inspections are being offered to protect the health and safety of residents .

Please note that these inspections are not offered in the Cities of Rockville or Gaithersburg.

To request an inspection, please see the topic entitled "Housing Complaints" and specify "RESIDENT IS REQUESTING A BASEMENT HABITABILITY INSPECTION" in the Summary.

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To speak with a Customer Service Representative, please call 311 during business hours.