Residents can now file complaints against landlords for unsafe housing in their native language. It’s a change ushered in by a special enforcement team to help tenants created by Mayor Kevin Faulconer after a Voice of San Diego/KPBS investigation into substandard housing.
San Diego put through a new small-lot ordinance to remove a hurdle in regulations that made it difficult to build separate homes on a single lot.
The mayor’s proposal could mean the city will begin treating substandard housing the way it treats illegal marijuana dispensaries and foreclosures.
A San Diego landlord has come under scrutiny for renting apartments with roaches and mold. Yet he still received over $500,000 last year from the federal Section 8 program, which subsidizes rent for low-income tenants.
A San Diego man who’s come under scrutiny for repeat housing code violations appears to be getting out of the landlord business.
Too often, substandard housing issues continue even after residents log their complaints. Failing our people like this means dangerous conditions continue, and only makes it harder to get nervous tenants to trust government again.
Cockroaches, mold, plywood where there should be window panes – the photos of one San Diego slumlord’s properties tell the story of residents’ misfortune.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Thursday he’ll increase funding to go after problem landlords after a Voice of San Diego and KPBS investigation showed tenants aren’t getting much help from the city fighting cockroaches, mold and other substandard housing conditions.
The city’s code compliance team knocks out thousands of isolated complaints a year, but does little to hold repeat offenders accountable. Residents and city staff have lodged complaints against one landlord for years, but roaches and mold still fester in his apartments.
What’s it going to take to fix housing in San Diego? We asked three unofficial experts around town for their ideas. Trigger warning: The D-word loomed large in their answers.