Require A Point Of Sale – Cities in the Cleveland, Ohio

If you’re involved in real estate in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, knowing which cities require a Point of Sale (POS) inspection is crucial. These inspections can significantly impact your transactions, and being prepared can save you time and money. Below is a list of cities in the Cleveland area that mandate a POS inspection before property sales can be completed.

POINT OF SALE

Bedford

  • Building Dept.: (440) 735-6530
  • Website: bedfordoh.gov
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: Varies from $50 for single-family dwellings plus $25 for each additional rental unit; for commercial buildings, a minimum of $75 and a maximum of $200
  • Re-inspection Fee: Same as original fees
  • Escrow: An amount not less than $100 and equal to 150% of the estimated cost of repairs for outstanding violations. The estimate must be provided by a company registered with the City of Bedford.

Bedford Heights

  • Building Dept.: (440) 786-3200
  • Website: bedfordheights.gov
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $125
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A

Berea

  • Building Dept.: (440) 526-5812
  • Website: bereaohio.gov
  • Interior POS: No
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $75
  • Re-inspection Fee: $75
  • Escrow: At the request of the owner of the property or his agent, the City may issue a letter or other document signed and dated by a Building Department Official stating that some, but not all, of the violations listed on a specific Certificate of Exterior Inspection have been completed to the City’s satisfaction.

Bratenahl

  • Building Dept.: (216) 681-3877
  • Website: bratenahl.org
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $25
  • Certificate Expiration: The time limit for correction of minor repairs is agreed upon with the owner or his agent or prospective occupant and Commissioner of Buildings. The time limit for corrections of issues that are a hazard to occupants’ health, safety, or welfare is determined solely by the Commissioner of Buildings.
  • Re-inspection Fee: $35 for the second inspection and $50 for each after.

Brooklyn Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 749-4300
  • Website: brooklynhts.org
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $50
  • Re-inspection Fee: $25
  • Escrow: N/A

Brook Park

  • Building Dept.: (216) 433-7412
  • Website: cityofbrookpark.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: No charge if in June, July, or August
  • Re-inspection Fee: No charge
  • Escrow: None but requires the buyer to sign a waiver and agree to do repairs within 90 days of closing.

Cleveland Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 291-4900
  • Website: clevelandheights.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $150 for the first unit, $50 for each additional unit
  • Re-inspection Fee: $20
  • Escrow: If all Class A violations are not corrected, the seller must escrow not less than $1,000 and equal to 125% of the estimated cost of repairs.
  • Ongoing POS: The exteriors of all owner-occupied single-family homes are inspected on a street-by-street basis on a five-year rotation.

East Cleveland

  • Building Dept.: (216) 681-2415
  • Website: eastcleveland.info
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $50
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A
  • Notes: Properties can be sold “AS IS,” but the following conditions MUST be met before issuing the Certificate of Inspection: 1. Submit original notarized Affidavit to Building/Housing Department 2. Submit a copy of the Purchase Agreement to Building/Housing Department 3. Only the Building/Housing Department can grant a compliance time frame for a notarized Affidavit (NINETY (90) DAYS COMPLIANCE) before issuing the Certificate of Inspection.

Euclid

  • Building Dept.: (216) 289-2703
  • Website: cityofeuclid.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: Single Family $225; Two Family $260; Three Family $295; Multi-Family $225 per building + $35 per suite. One suite per building is not charged.
  • Re-inspection Fee: $112.50
  • Escrow: 50% of the estimated costs of repair.
  • Notes: Assumption of Class A violations and assumption of Class B violations shall require the purchaser’s payment of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) when the affidavit is presented to the Housing Manager.

Garfield Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 475-3171
  • Website: garfieldhts.org
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $75
  • Re-inspection Fee: $25
  • Escrow: 150% of the estimated repairs.

Gates Mills

  • Building Dept.: (440) 423-4405
  • Website: gatesmillsvillage.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: N/A
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A
  • Ongoing POS: Every septic tank shall be inspected at least once every three years by a licensed company engaged in cleaning and servicing septic systems. It shall be the duty of the owner of the property where such septic tanks are located to keep such septic tanks in proper working condition at all times and to notify the Building Inspector, at least once every three years, by a certificate from the inspecting company, that such a system is in proper operating order.

Highland Hills

  • Building Dept.: (216) 283-3003
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $25
  • Re-inspection Fee: None
  • Escrow: Attached to the Certificate of Inspection shall be a written agreement signed by the seller and purchaser identifying the party who will be responsible for correcting all violations listed with the Certificate of Inspection and, notwithstanding any outstanding or new mortgage indebtedness or lien upon the premises, providing that all necessary funds shall be deposited or retained in escrow sufficient to pay for the costs to correct all violations, which funds may be released totally or partially, as the work progresses, upon the authority of the CBO so long as funds are retained to complete unfinished work. Instead of said funds being retained in escrow, a payment or performance bond may be approved by the Law Director.
  • Notes: All violations shall be corrected within thirty (30) calendar days of issuing the Certificate of Inspection as required herein unless an extension is granted. Suppose the transferor does not correct the violations in the Certificate of Inspection before the transfer of title. In that case, the purchaser or transferee of the property shall be required to correct the violations within the time allotted by these ordinances or within any extension of time permitted.

Hunting Valley

  • Building Dept.: (440) 247-2807
  • Website: huntingvalley.net
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: N/A
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A

Lakewood

  • Building Dept.: (216) 529-6270
  • Website: lkwdpl.org
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $50
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A
  • Notes: Repairs are the seller’s responsibility. Suppose the buyer wishes to assume some (or all) of the violations. In that case, they must come to the Lakewood Building Department (with a valid driver’s license) to sign a notarized Affidavit stating that they will be legally responsible for the repairs. There is no cost for this affidavit.
  • Ongoing POS: An annual inspection is required by law for non-owner-occupied properties and to be done every three years. Annual inspections are done (most of the time) on a per-street basis.

Maple Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 663-4094
  • Website: mapleheights.cuyahogacounty.us
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: Single-family $75; Single condominium $50; Two-family dwelling $85; Three-family dwelling $95
  • Re-inspection Fee: $25
  • Escrow: 150% of the estimated cost of repairs
  • Notes: Any prospective buyer of a residence who intends to assume some or all of the violations listed on the Certificate of Inspection must deposit 150% of the estimated total cost of all required repairs into an escrow account. Written confirmation of such an escrow account must be provided to the Building Department before they will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. Funds may only be released from this account by written approval of the Building Commissioner. Written estimates of the total cost must be submitted from a minimum of two contractors registered to perform work in the City of Maple Heights.

Mayfield Heights

  • Building Dept.: (440) 442-2626
  • Website: mayfieldheights.org
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $50
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A
  • Escrow: Escrow funds are required when violations remain during title transfer. Funds must be set aside to ensure that violations are corrected at a later date. The amount listed on the front page of the inspection report is the amount required to be held as “escrow.” This amount is determined by the housing inspector. This amount does not guarantee to cover the cost of repairs.
  • Notes: If the buyer agrees to assume some or all of the violations, they need to fill out a notarized statement of assumption and an escrow account needs to be created.

Newburg Heights

  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $40 Single Family, $50 Two-Family
  • Re-inspection Fee: $15
  • Notes: The property owner must repair, improve, or demolish the structures or premises concerned within ninety days of the Certificate’s issuance date.

Orange Village

  • Building Dept.: (440) 498-4400
  • Website: orangevillage.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $50 Single Family
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A

Oakwood

  • Building Dept.: (440) 232-9980
  • Website: oakwoodvillageoh.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $20 for Single Family; $20 plus $5 per unit for multi-family
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A

Shaker Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 491-1400
  • Website: shakeronline.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: A fee of $100.00 for the first dwelling unit and $25.00 for each additional unit
  • Re-inspection Fee: $25 after the first two requested re-inspections
  • Escrow: 150% of the estimated cost of repairs
  • Notes: Funds held in escrow shall be disbursed only upon written authorization from the City. If the amount held is less than $5,000, no funds shall be released until all violations are corrected. Suppose the amount is $5,000 but less than $20,000. In that case, the City may authorize one partial release of funds from escrow if it is determined that substantial progress has been made in correcting the violations and sufficient funds remain in escrow to correct all remaining violations. Two partial releases may be approved if the amount is $20,000 but less than $40,000. Three partial releases may be approved if the amount is $40,000 but less than $60,000. Four partial releases may be authorized on escrow accounts equal to or exceeding $60,000. The purchaser is responsible for correcting all violations remaining at the transfer of title within ninety (90) days unless, for good cause, the Housing Inspection Department approves an extension of time.

University Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 932-7800
  • Website: universityheights.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $75 single family; $125 two-family
  • Re-inspection Fee: N/A
  • Notes: The buyer(s) must sign an “assumption form,” and funds must be escrowed to cover the cost of correcting any outstanding violations. Upon receipt of the signed assumption form and a letter of verification from the escrow company stating the amount of funds held for violation correction, the building department will issue a “transfer release” (usually to the escrow company) saying that our requirements are met and releasing the property for transfer. The ordinance states that violations must be corrected within thirty (30) days of the date of the report. However, the building department grants requests for extensions on a “progress-made” basis.
  • Ongoing POS: The Building Department requires an exterior housing inspection every three years for one and two-family homes.

Warrensville Heights

  • Building Dept.: (216) 587-1230
  • Website: cityofwarrensville.com
  • Interior POS: Yes
  • Exterior POS: Yes
  • Inspection Fee: $50 for Single Family; $30 per multifamily unit; $90 for commercial structures
  • Re-inspection Fee: No fee within 1 year
  • Escrow: 150% of the estimated cost of repairs
  • Notes: Code violations noted on the certificate, except in a case of danger to the public health or safety, are to be corrected by the owner of the property within sixty (60) days of the issuance of the certificate unless, for good cause, the Building Commissioner has extended that time for compliance. Suppose the property owner does not correct the violations enumerated in the inspection certificate before the title is transferred to the purchaser. In that case, the property purchaser shall be required to correct the violations within the time allotted in the notice given to the prior owner or within the extended time permitted by the Building Commissioner.

This list should help you navigate the requirements in various cities around Cleveland, ensuring smoother transactions and compliance with local regulations.

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