Housing code enforcement compels landlords to improve building conditions, and can be triggered to transfer building ownership from an exploitative owner to a responsible nonprofit developer, tenant association, or community group – both improving the neighborhood and increasing the stock of quality affordable housing. However, it can also lead to displacing low-income tenants when improvements lead to rent increases. This tool is effective in medium to large urban and suburban areas with high rental density, and requires legal expertise.

You can access the full PolicyLink PDF on this tool here: http://policylink.org/sites/default/files/code-enforcement.pdf

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