A More Strategic Equitable Approach to Housing and Building Code Enforcement in Toledo, Ohio

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The focus of this report is the City’s approach to housing and building code enforcement, which is primarily carried out by the Division of Code Enforcement (“DCE”), a division of the City’s Department of Neighborhoods. Housing and building code enforcement is a critical public tool to address the quality, health, and safety of neighborhoods and residents that are impacted by vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, as well as substandard occupied properties (collectively, “problem properties”). The term “code enforcement” is used throughout this report to refer to housing and building code enforcement unless otherwise indicated [1]. It is also used to refer to the City’s broader approach to code enforcement, as opposed to solely DCE’s approach.