On September 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. Rubio exclaims “For too long, the slumlords at Global Ministries Foundation were able to get away with their despicable scheme in part because of HUD’s lax oversight.” Global Ministries Foundation owns several apartment complexes throughout the country and has been the subject of a federal investigation.
The proposed bill would also cut red tape, making it easier for HUD to relocate residents to protect them from potentially dangerous living conditions.
Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/2ddClbW