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An article by Liz Kozub makes the case for cities and communities to pivot on code enforcement, but not neglect the sometimes controversial policy measure, in response to the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kozub addresses the potentially controversial aspects of code enforcement up front, noting that many community members will struggle in the coming months to pay for the repairs that maintain their properties at levels acceptable to regulations, so, Kozub asserts, cities should consider the long-term ramifications of their code enforcement practices during the pandemic, and focus on protecting the health and safety of residents.
To achieve the maximum benefit from code enforcement, Kozub suggests three specific policy response, detailed in the source article: 1) Adapt Responses to Deferred Property Maintenance, 2) Increase Communication with Renters and Landlords, and 3) Track Residential and Commercial Vacancies.