Study: Houston apartment safety measures ‘flawed’

HOUSTON (AP) – A report by the University of Texas School of Law has found that Houston’s programs designed to ensure apartment safety are “flawed, fractured and improperly managed.”

The Houston Chronicle reports that the 16-month study released Tuesday is called “Out of Order: Houston’s Dangerous Apartment Epidemic.” The report looks at the city’s regulation of apartment complexes and enforcement procedures.

The study found that more than a quarter of the approximately 4,000 apartment complexes subject to inspection by Houston Public Works lack certificates of occupancy. Findings also show that responsibility for apartment safety programs is divided among several city departments that don’t share data.

The study comes nearly a decade after a law passed requiring Houston to “establish minimum habitability standards” for multifamily rental buildings.

A Public Works spokeswoman says the department is reviewing the findings.

Information from: Houston Chronicle,

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