New report reveals extensive deficiencies in Houston's apartment safety standards

HOUSTON – The University of Texas School of Law released a scathing report Tuesday outlining what it says are serious deficiencies in how the city of Houston deals with dangerous apartment conditions.

The study examined code enforcement, health and fire inspection records and 311 logs for 10 Sunnyside-area apartment complexes, but say the problem is citywide.

Out of Order: Houston's Dangerous Apartment Epidemic

File: Out of Order - Houston's Dangerous Apartment Epidemic

Here's a look at what the study calls Houston's Dangerous Apartment Epidemic:

Weak safety and enforcement standards

Twenty-eight percent of Houston's multi-family complexes do not have an active certificate of occupancy, in violation of city laws.

At Bellfort Townhomes, the city knew the property lacked a certificated of occupancy for nearly nine years and failed to take any action according to the report.


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