Digging around this week in videos of Paul Krekorian’s Budget Committee hearings last month, I stumbled across this discussion with Housing Department officials about code violations in the city’s nearly 800,000 apartment units.
The committee’s interest spurred by Mitch Englander appeared to be whether there was more money to be squeezed out of the four-year cycle of all the units, inspections that the city charges landlords a modest $43.32 to inspect.
What Krekorian found sobering, you might find shocking:
- Some 300,000 citations are issued each year.
- About 90 percent of the nearly 200,000 units inspected each year are cited for violations.
- Only 10 percent are violation free.
- Less than 1 percent of landlords face any form of prosecution.
You have to wonder why this has never come up before.