Trying to prevent incidents similar to the 2012 walkway collapse at the Wood Ridge Apartments, Austin City Council members have proposed separate plans to better identify, track and impose penalties on rental properties with unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
One plan, crafted by Council Member Bill Spelman, would require rental properties that are cited for two or more health and safety code violations in a year to register with the city and be inspected periodically.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the Austin Board of Realtors opposed tougher fines and prosecution for repeat offenders.