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  • KyCIR: Despite Calls For Help, Bedbugs Infest Louisville Public Housing Complex

    Residents of a high-rise public housing complex for the elderly complained for years about the bedbugs. It was a relentless infestation that the housing authority paid little attention to, and the city’s code enforcement officers insisted they weren’t responsible for. Jacob Ryan used data and interviews with residents to show that the issue was pervasive -- and ignored.
  • Broken Homes, Broken System?

    It's a no-win situation. Families can stay in an unsafe home or call Code Enforcement for help and risk eviction and fines. We compared inspection reports from Code Enforcement with eviction records from Magistrate Court. We found a system breakdown that allows bad landlords to keep tenants in unsafe homes. The deeper we dug into city records, the more we uncovered. Our investigation lead to a change in city code. The city adopted stricter fines. Code Enforcement developed a follow-up system for complaints. Magistrate began looking at prior code violations before ruling on an eviction.
  • Nu-World Foods Investigation

    CBS 2's investigation into Nu-World Foods.
  • Live Wires

    The city of Milwaukee decided to hire a company to demolish condemned garages. On the surface this sounded like a win and positive outcome for the neighborhoods. But the I-Team discovered what this company left behind, live exposed electrical wires, posed a greater risk than the boarded up garages. Our investigation found this company left exposed electrical wires behind at more than a dozen demolished garages for any child or person to touch and possible die. We took our concerns directly to the city which prompted them to check the garages torn down by this company from several months. We raised questions about the city’s check and balance policy and how such a serious threat could go unnoticed for so long. A code enforcement officer was supposes to check each work site but our investigation found that did not take place. It forced the city to fix the problem and change policy in light of our investigation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT8JjLs16Rg
  • Undisclosed Hazards

    While methamphetamine production has been on the rise in New York and Pennsylvania, there are no federal or state rules about what makes a former meth lab clean, and no law requiring landlords or property sellers to disclose to renters or buyers that a property was once a meth lab. Employees at state or local government agencies contacted for the report thought other state or local agencies are responsible for overseeing or mandating cleanup, but the task is mostly left to local code enforcement departments, who have no guidance from their states.
  • House of Hoard

    This FOX 42 Prime Assignment follows an Omaha woman who is battling the city over whether or not her trash-filled home and yard are fit for living. Hidden cameras spy on her as she rummages through neighbors' trash cans and court dates mount as she has almost 50 outstanding charges against her.
  • Housing Code Violations Fall Through the Cracks

    Spencer Soper and Santa Rosa's Press Democrat investigate how landlords in Sonoma County exploited a weak and understaffed county code enforcement division. Landlords let their rental properties fall into disrepair, endangered the lives of tenants, and piled up numerous violations with no serious legal repercussions.
  • Subject to Inspection: Belleville's Housing Code Enforcement

    A Belleville News-Democrat investigation revealed that "a Belleville housing code enforcement officer and an armed police officer routinely show up for occupancy permit inspections without a search warrant. When residents refuse to let them enter, the residents are issued tickets, a violation of the Fourth Amendment guarantee against illegal search and seizure. In some cases, these inspections are used as a cover to search for drugs or other criminal activity."
  • A lord of the slums takes an apprentice

    This "series focused on the epidemic of lead paint poisoning among Baltimore's children, using database analysis and previously unavailable records to establish that thousands of toddlers are being brain damaged in the city's slums because of a breakdown in housing code enforcement and inadequate public health safeguards." The Sun also used release forms to get at confidential medical records, and hired their own experts to test for environmental hazards.
  • Misery for Rent

    "... the Herald-Leader examined Lexington's unsafe low-rent housing, the lucrative industry behind it and the government regulators who not only allowed it to thrive, but took part in running it. Reporters... found houses with no running water, houses with plumbing so fouled up that sewage backed up into the bathtubs, houses with unsafe wiring and houses with unsound floors.They also found that several staff members of the Lexington Division of Code Enforcement, who were supposed to be holding landlords accountable for meeting safety codes, had become landlords themselves -- landlords with houses that violated the very codes they were charged with enforcing."