All existing codes should be effectively enforced equally and fairly using what is known as the facilitative model. Budgets should be adequate to pay for an effective and active code enforcement program and related strategies, such as training for local health officers or exploring inter–municipal agreements for a regional code enforcement officer. In turn, local officers should educate property owners about healthy housing and introduce them to financial resources, particularly low-income and small landlords. Fees on rental properties or some other funding source will likely be needed; however, exceptions should be made for properties already undergoing required inspections. Clear and effective punitive measures for inactions are necessary, however should be used only when necessary. Data on inspection and enforcement activities should be tracked to keep adaptive to local successes and shortcomings.
Additional Resource: A Guide to Proactive Rental Inspections by ChangeLab Solutions