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Mayor Walsh wants changes to rental inspections in Boston

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MATTAPAN, Mass. (WHDH) - Mayor Marty Walsh was in Mattapan on Saturday to give renters some assurance that they'll have a safe and healthy place to live.

Walsh announced changes to the city's rental housing inspection ordinance and said he has told inspectors to focus on landlords with a history of code violations and compliance issues.

"Boston has some of the oldest housing stock in the country,and too often we only find out about serious health and safety issues through tenant complaints or after a tragedy has struck. This is an important step in ensuring access to safe and healthy housing for all Bostonians," Walsh said.

The mayor made the announcement at an apartment complex in Mattapan that's had frozen leaky pipe issues and is owned by an out-of-state landlord. Tenants were displaced following complaints about the leaky pipes and building flooding.

On Monday, Mayor Walsh will submit an amendment proposing to waive the registration fees of certain rental units and to provide a hardship waiver for units where the owner is a senior.
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