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Healthy Housing Through Proactive Rental Inspection

A summary & guide for implementing PRI programs

Fact Sheet
Healthy Neighborhoods

Rental housing is more likely to be in substandard condition than owner-occupied housing. Depending on the type and location of rental units, tenants can frequently be at risk of significant health problems due to lead poisoning and exposure to allergens. Elderly residents can experience increased rates of injury or mortality.

Unlike rental code enforcement, which is complaint-based, Proactive Rental Inspection (PRI) programs take a different approach. Inspections of covered properties are mandatory and periodic. PRIs have proven to be more effective in protecting tenants’ health and safety, and tenants (who might not feel safe lodging complaints against landlords) no longer need to worry about initiating inspections or any subsequent repairs.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this summary of PRI programs, Healthy Housing Through Proactive Rental Inspection, and the more comprehensive resource, A Guide to Proactive Rental Inspection Programs, to explain how these programs can help protect vulnerable tenants, preserve safe and healthy rental housing, and work to increase neighborhood property values.

2022 update: ChangeLab Solutions staff is currently working on a new version of our proactive rental inspections guide and model ordinance. Stay tuned!