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Model Proactive Rental Inspection Ordinance

For cities & counties interested in establishing a PRI program

Model Legal Document
Healthy Neighborhoods

Poor housing can contribute to a wide array of health problems, including childhood lead poisoning; asthma and respiratory conditions resulting from exposure to mold, pests, and other household allergens; and increased rates of injury and mortality among the elderly.

Poorly maintained, substandard housing can also have a negative effect on neighboring property values and can contribute to blight. ChangeLab Solutions developed this Model Proactive Rental Inspection Ordinance to assist cities and counties that are interested in establishing a local proactive rental inspection (PRI) program. By quickly identifying and targeting exterior and interior code violations, proactive rental inspection programs benefit tenants, property owners, and the entire community.

The model ordinance provides the key components of PRI programs and offers options for tailoring the ordinance to meet the needs of your particular locality. For more information about the various components of successful PRI programs, be sure to see our companion guide, Healthy Housing Through Proactive Rental Housing Inspection.

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