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Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements, Enforcement Tools

The Fair Housing Act was expanded in 1988 to protect Americans with disabilities, and their rights to safe, usable homes in communities across the country. The law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all housing transactions, and bars local zoning and land use ordinances...

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Why a Rental Inspection Program Is Needed in Your City

Code enforcement: It’s no one’s idea of an electrifying dinner party topic, but it is one of the most powerful tools city leaders have for keeping rental housing safe and neighborhoods stable. An effective rental inspection program protects tenants and their children from housing conditions that...

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Ensuring Every Eviction is a Just Cause Eviction

We know that housing stability has incredible benefits for children, families, healthcare systems, and local economies — and that housing instability is harmful to all of the above. That’s why it’s essential to put legal safeguards in place for renters in our communities, including laws that ensure...

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Managing the Eviction Crisis: Why Cities Need EMPs

By mid-2021, more than seven million U.S. adults lived in households that were behind on rent payments. The current challenge for housing directors is at a scale never seen before. As federal mandates and funding programs end, millions of people could face evictions in the US. The demand on city...

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Rent Stabilization vs Rent Control: Differences & Solutions

Rents are seeing dramatic increases – up over 10% on average from 2020 to 2021. With such a dramatic rise, local leaders are looking for solutions to help residents in their communities. It’s likely we’ll see more and more conversations about rent control and rent stabilization policies as well as...

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No-Code & Low-Code Platforms' Potential in the Public Sector

When you think about implementing new software in a public sector environment such as local government, what comes to mind? For many of us, we imagine large scale projects that’ll be created by a team of software engineers and developers over many months, and typically at a significant cost.

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Rental Property Inspection Programs: Ad-hoc vs Proactive

Rental inspection programs are key to ensuring safe living conditions for tenants in your community. But not all inspection programs are made equal. When inspection programs fall short, it’s the residents and citizens that suffer the consequences.

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Three Rewarding Benefits of Affordable Housing

Ensuring that every resident has a safe, decent place to call home is an important priority for every local leader. But as rents and home prices skyrocket and incomes stagnate, many Americans are spending more than they can really afford, on rent or a mortgage. Not only is this hugely detrimental...

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How Rental Registries Benefit Property Owners Too

We often speak about property owners and tenants as opposing forces, as if what’s good for one group must be bad for the other. In cities with robust tenant protections, renters have the upper hand, while in markets that are more “landlord friendly” and less regulated, property owners have maximum...

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