DOHMH inspectors note signs of rat activity and conditions that encourage rats to seek shelter on the property. If rats are found, the owner of the property is issued an inspection report and aCommissioner’s Order to fix the conditions.
Owners have five to fifteen days to correct conditions, after which the Health Department will conduct a second follow-up inspection to check for compliance. If the conditions have not been corrected, the owner will receive a compliance inspection report and a Notice of Violation. The Notice of Violation will include a hearing date at the Health Department’s Administrative Tribunal.
If the violations are not dismissed at the Tribunal, the owner will be fined. Fines begin at $200 and can be as high as $2,000. Additionally, the Health Department may apply bait to the property and perform any clean up that is necessary and then bill the owner. Property owners will be billed up to $1,000 a day for this work. Property owners that fail to pay fees or fines will eventually have a lien placed against their property.