Inspections Archive

Boston Council drops compromise, votes to keep controversial ordinance

Boston Globe’s scathing report on negligent landlords stops compromise effort For several weeks before the final decision on inspections, Boston City Councilors and Mayor Martin Walsh were negotiating on a new inspection ordinance, one to replace the existing ordinance. The new ordinance would have been very close to one of SPOA’s two recommended inspection options. [&hellip

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Boston’s mandatory inspections ordinance will kick out poorer tenants & gentrify lower-income neighborhoods

Boston’s controversial rental registration and inspection ordinance will gentrify its lower-income neighborhoods. Cash-strapped owners will not be eligible for loans. They will be forced to sell cheap, go into bankruptcy, or simply abandon their buildings. Here’s why. NO FINANCING IS AVAILABLE    Banks will not lend money to cash-strapped owners who want to repair their non-owner-occupied [&hellip

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Boston approves massive new inspections

December 31, 2012 Ignoring many valid objections, including the fact that it is unconstitutional and will hurt lower-income neighborhoods, the Boston City Council passed an ordinance first proposed by Mayor Thomas Menino that requires registration and inspection of most apartments in the city, including rented condominiums. It would apply to 140,000 units, exempting only owner-occupied [&hellip

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In defense of ‘substandard’ housing

Housing ages naturally. As property owners know, it is a constant job just to maintain housing in good repair. Meanwhile, the government sets ever higher standards in its codes, effectively making older housing illegal. On top of this, government regulation allows rent withholding without escrowing, which regularly deprives moderate- and lower-income housing in particular of [&hellip

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