A before and after photo of an abandoned rental property at 1914-1916 E. Shields Ave. that was on the Fresno Anti-Slum Enforcement Team’s targeted property list. A receivership was appointed to the property in 2021, according to assistant city attorney Christina Roberson. Credit: City of Fresno

The city of Fresno’s Anti Slum Enforcement Team is actively working to bring 15 Fresno rental properties — consisting of 222 rental units — into compliance with health and safety standards, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

An additional 14 properties are awaiting action from ASET, but have not yet been addressed, as of the March 4 report.

Christina Roberson, assistant city attorney, provided an update on ASET and the Code Enforcement team at Thursday’s City Council meeting. ASET updates the list of properties they are targeting weekly, which can be found here.

The Anti Slum Enforcement Team is a branch of the city’s Code Enforcement department that was established in 2016. Since its inception, ASET has resolved issues at 81 rental properties with a total of 1,354 units in Fresno, Roberson said.

The team focuses on multi-family rentals in Fresno. The team determines which rentals to investigate based on complaints at the property, police calls for service, referrals from other city departments and by the city’s proactive inspection team.

Fresno’s code enforcement also addresses habitability complaints and conduct’s proactive inspections through their baseline inspection program.

ASET is intended to provide “intensive and focused code enforcement efforts,” including prosecuting the worst offenders in criminal court or pursuing civil cases against them, according to information on the city’s website.

Here’s where the active and pending slum list properties are located as of April 15:

How to file a complaint with code enforcement

Renters who are experiencing an unresolved repair or potential code violation, can file a complaint with Fresno’s code enforcement by calling 559-621-8400 or visiting their website.

Violations can also be written and delivered to City of Fresno, City Attorney’s Office Code Enforcement, Room 3070, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

It is best practice to take photos of the issue or document what is happening and when the problem started. According to Code Enforcement guidelines, the following are needed to file a complaint:

  • The property address.
  • A description of the potential violation.
  • You will need to report your name, address, and phone number so code enforcement can contact you if needed. This information will be kept confidential. Information about how long the violation has been going on. The length of time you have observed the situation.

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Cassandra is a housing and engagement reporter with Fresnoland.