Marco Rubio Introduces HUD Inspection Reform Bill
On Sept. 27, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the HUD Inspection Process and Enforcement Reform Act of 2016. This bill aims to protect low-income residents from dangerous living conditions while holding HUD accountable for prosecuting negligent property owners.
This bill would require property owners to comply with maintenance deadlines and would establish independent audits of HUD inspections. Rubio believes auditing inspections are necessary for holding HUD accountable and will result in firing incompetent landlords and inspectors.
Neglected facilities often receive passing inspection grades, which condemns residents to live in unhealthy conditions. The proposed bill would also make it easier for HUD to relocate residents to protect them from potentially dangerous living conditions.