My county did the same, here in CA. I went to the website they set up about the long list of infractions they would penalize landlords for (including the tenant's belongings in the back yard and many other private property rights). The site appeared untended, and sure enough, they had abandoned the idea of enforcing it (due to threats, I would guess), and just haven't gotten around to repealing it.
I guess that's one way to save face.
They wanted to charge $180 fee to have every rental unit inspected. I promptly decided not to rent mine out. It's just asking for trouble to let code enforcement onto ones' property. It cost my neighbor several thousand dollars prior to their dropping the idea.
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