The Austin City Council was scheduled to discuss two proposals Thursday that would require apartment complexes and other rental properties to register with the city and be inspected regularly. The council hadn’t taken up the items by press time.
Council members say the goal of the programs is to better track and impose penalties on rental properties with unsafe or unsanitary conditions — and prevent incidents such as the 2012 walkway collapse at Wood Ridge Apartments in Southeast Austin, which displaced more than 160 residents.
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What we reported
The American-Statesman reported in August that Austin’s patchwork system for monitoring and correcting health and safety problems at hundreds of apartments and other rental properties — where half of the city’s population lives — is woefully inadequate. The newspaper found that other Texas cities, including Dallas and Houston, have more aggressive, well-coordinated programs to target “problem” properties and get them fixed up or shut down.