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Research Report

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building laws, inspectional services, housing, Boston, Massachusetts, housing maintenance


Housing Law | Public Policy | Social Policy | State and Local Government Law | Urban Studies


This study is a preliminary evaluation of the relative impacts of various City policies and programs related to the enforcement of housing codes and to the maintenance and upgrading of the existing supply of housing. It analyzes code enforcement functions at both the level of central administration and field procedures. City departments covered by the study include Housing Inspection (HID), Building, and the environmental unit of Health and Hospitals. Also reviewed are newer approaches to housing code enforcement, including civil remedies and federally-assisted concentrated code enforcement projects.


Boston Urban Observatory



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