City of Riverdale Code Enforcement

Since late last year, I have been trying to get the annual rental property inspection scheduled for the house that I am renting. I’ve been playing “email” tag with the Code Enforcement people. About a week ago, I suggested that this afternoon at 4 PM would be a good time. I’d have to leave work a little early, but I’m willing to comprimise.

As of this morning, I hadn’t heard back from the Code Enforcement people, and so I called. I found out that 4 PM is no good. Either is 3 PM. Or weekends. In fact, the Code Enforcement office only does inspections Monday thru Friday from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Is it me, or is this somewhat inconvenient? Moreso since I am the only person in the house, I suppose, but still very inconvenient. What if I didn’t have the luxury of a job that allowed me to leave a few hours early, or work from home for half a day? I imagine there are budget constraints for this type of activity, but even that doesn’t make it any better.

Most frustrating of all is the fact that while I was willing to comprimise on the time of the inspection, I got the idea that the Code Enforcement people were ratcheted into their 10-2 M-F window with no leeway whatsoever.

In any event, I scheduled the inspection for Friday, January 20 at 1 PM. I’ll see about working from home that afternoon.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.