Some rental properties continue in poor condition due to lack of code enforcement, undercutting landlords that do comply with codes, and creating unsafe homes. Other actions propose additional education, capacity and financing to actually make upgrades; however in some cases enforcement is needed. Communities should implement a regularly–timed or periodic–based inspection model for all rental properties, with schedules determined by local staff capacity. Communities could reward those who make good faith efforts to comply by adjusting the inspection schedule for that property (similar model advanced in Brooklyn Center, MN). Efforts to make the existence and location of rental properties recorded in a registry are needed, probably with state statute changes so that this is consistent between towns. Local adoption of building codes or enforcement processes may be needed to augment state programs.
Additional Resource: A Guide to Proactive Rental Inspection Programs by ChangeLab Solutions