Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Friday that the city of Boston has sent 1,500 letters to owners of rental properties that have had at least one serious code violation in the past year, informing them that their properties will be inspected shortly.
The properties are in the first wave of 154,000 rental units to be inspected by the city under a 2012 city ordinance designed to improve the quality of housing, but which has not been enforced to date. The initial focus will be on property owners with recent violations. The letter gives them 30 days to respond.
“This is the beginning of the inspections of the problem properties in the city,’’ Walsh told the Globe.
The mailing comes just weeks after Walsh told the Globe he would move swiftly against scofflaw property owners and landlords.
The mayor was responding to a Globe Spotlight Team series that found that city regulators inspect only a small fraction of rental units and have made only token efforts to control the rampant overcrowding of apartments in neighborhoods where students by the thousands seek off-campus housing.
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