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Healthy Housing Laws that Work

A fact sheet about effective implementation & enforcement clauses

Fact Sheet
Healthy Neighborhoods

Most localities have housing or property maintenance codes to promote public health and protect property values. These laws typically set forth basic health and safety standards for rental housing within the jurisdiction.

To ensure that property owners comply with these laws and safely maintain housing, it is important that ordinances contain implementation and enforcement provisions. Localities proceed with enforcement if property owners fail to bring the housing up to code after inspection.

ChangeLab Solutions developed Healthy Housing Laws that Work to outline different ways that local governments can enforce housing and property maintenance codes, and provides general information on the types of enforcement used by cities.