Creating a housing court would be a pro-neighborhood effort at a time when our neighborhoods need help argues this editorial.
WCPO (ABC, Cincinnati)
December 9, 2015
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati has a problem with bad landlords.
Nearly 5,000 properties have been the subject of building code complaints just in the first nine months of this year, a WCPO.com investigation found. These complaints can take years to resolve. Meanwhile, the people who live in these places have few choices but to stay in conditions that can be squalid, unhealthy and unsafe.
Although city officials ordered the owner to repair the damage, seven months later, little has been done, according to a lawsuit filed by residents. Units are still boarded up; the roof needs to be repaired for leaks; the building is infested with bugs, and is “structurally unsound,” claim the residents, who are being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.