City building inspectors are boldly going where they’ve never gone before in the battle against slum landlords.
“We’re actually going to get our own staff to go out there effectively with a checklist and do every single (rental) building in the city and kind of rate them,” Jim Hart, the executive director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, said.
“It’s a big job but we’re going to do it. We’ve barely started it but it’s going to get going in the next couple of months.”
Hart said no one has attempted to catalogue the rental stock in the city before because the job was seen as too big.
Undaunted, he’s determined to send out about 100 inspectors to give nearly 5,000 buildings a once-over, so his 12-member audit team can better focus its efforts on the buildings most in need of improvements.