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Baltimore rental inspections: good idea gone wrong

Baltimore rental inspections: good idea gone wrong

The Baltimore City Council's mandate that residential rental properties must pass a basic health and safety inspection is a case study of a good idea gone wrong.

The ordinance, passed in March of this year, requires that private licensed home inspectors carry out inspections of approximately 25,000 to 30,000 one- or two-family rental dwellings by Jan. 1, 2019. Multifamily dwellings are already licensed but will need similar inspections once their licenses expire. Getting these scattered houses inspected in nine months might have been possible. But Baltimore Housing waited until Aug. 1 to announce its initial inspection protocol. This checklist has now been rewritten four times, with...

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