When a renter in Oklahoma can’t obtain necessary repairs, before beginning a court case it’s usually possible to file a report with the proper government departments about the unsafe conditions on the property. Code inspectors have the power to order repairs or fine noncompliant landlords.
What Are Considered Unsafe Living Conditions in Oklahoma?
In Oklahoma, unsafe living conditions exist when a rental property doesn’t have safe and working:
- Required utilities.
- Heating (except in single-family residences).
- Hot water (except in single-family residences).
- Garbage containers and removal (except in one- or two-family residences or when the government provides the service).
- Required smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
- Provided appliances.
- Common areas (except in single-family residences).
- Features that affect health, safety, or habitability.
What Should Tenants Do Before Reporting a Violation in Oklahoma?
In most cases, before reporting a violation, a tenant in Oklahoma must notify the landlord in writing about the issue and ask him to fix it within 14 days.
How Can Tenants Report a Violation in Oklahoma?
Tenants in Oklahoma should report violations to the local office or officers responsible for housing code enforcement. The exact process depends on municipality.
After receiving a complaint, an inspecting officer might contact the tenant for more information. Then the officer will usually inspect the property and cite the landlord for any code violations.
How Can a Tenant Report a Health or Safety Violation in Oklahoma City?
A tenant in Oklahoma City can report a health or safety violation by calling Code Enforcement at (405) 297-2317 or using the provided online form. Most issues will fall under “Property Maintenance” or “Renter/Tenant.” Select a location, provide a description including contact information (and photos, if available), and submit.
How Can a Tenant Report a Health or Safety Violation in Tulsa?
A tenant in Tulsa can report a health or safety violation by calling Neighborhood Inspections at (918) 596-2100 or using the provided online form (requires account registration). Select a location and issue, provide a description and supplemental documentation if available, and submit.
How Can a Tenant Report a Health or Safety Violation in Norman?
A tenant in Norman can report a health or safety violation by calling Code Compliance at (405) 366-5332 or using the provided online form. Most issues will fall under “Property Maintenance (Interior) Violation.” Provide a contact email, location information, and an issue description, then submit.
What Could Happen to a Landlord After a Complaint Is Made in Oklahoma?
After a tenant files a complaint about unsafe living conditions in Oklahoma, an officer may inspect the property. The landlord must fix noted code violations. Otherwise, the landlord could be fined and the local government might file to condemn the property.