CINCINNATI - Hundreds of rental houses around the University of Cincinnati fall into a housing inspection blind spot that could endanger the lives of the students who live there.
Neighborhood residents hoped a New Year's Day fire near campus that killed two UC students would draw attention to the problem. But so far, little has changed.
The city has no systematic way to inspect existing single-family homes that are converted to student rental properties. Unlike new construction, which must pass inspection before occupancy, the older homes only get inspected if someone complains.
As a result, rental property that doesn't have enough exits or fire safety equipment can go unnoticed.
"I don't see that anybody cares," said long-time Clifton Heights resident Linda Ziegler.
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