HUD proposes looser safety requirements in public housing despite tenant concerns

In a sweeping, long-awaited overhaul of the inspection process for federally-subsidized public and low-income housing developments, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will loosen certain proposed safety requirements for landlords and housing authorities. The changes to the recently drafted standards come after years of lobbying by local housing agencies and industry groups, many of which warned that more stringent regulations may push property managers and landlords away from critical programs like Section 8.

According to NBC News, the new inspection system that HUD is developing will be the first update to Section 8 housing since the 1970s and the first broader change to public housing since the

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