Posts Tagged ‘housing code’

Tort Liability for Negligent Housing Inspection Resulting in Injury?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Like other local governments, the Town of Hapless has adopted a minimum housing code pursuant to G.S. 160A-443 (for more on minimum housing codes, see Tyler Mulligan’s book here).  In March of this year the town’s inspection department received numerous complaints about the condition of four rental houses owned by Deathtrap Properties, LLC.  In response […]

Who is an owner “of record” to be served with complaints and orders under NC minimum housing codes?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

John Spartan serves as the senior housing code official for the town of San Angeles, NC, where he recently presided over his 100th minimum housing hearing. He has overseen the repair or removal of many unfit homes over the years, and he is careful to ensure that his town’s minimum housing code keeps up with […]

Targeting Troubled Neighborhoods for Housing Code Inspections

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Along Broken Dreams Boulevard, not far from Main Street, an abandoned mill overlooks a troubled neighborhood. Once a thriving residential area with inexpensive mill housing (single family homes and duplexes), the neighborhood is now typical of a declining mill village. Many of the dwellings are substandard, owned primarily by absentee landlords who are either unable […]

Ensuring Local Policy Complies with New Residential Inspections Law

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The city manager of Tooltime, North Carolina, picks up the phone and calls Tim Taylor, the city’s minimum housing public officer and lead housing inspector. “Tim, I understand why you suspended all periodic inspections in Tooltime that did not comply with the new periodic inspections law.  I know we have much less flexibility now than […]