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D.C. Fires Construction Inspectors

POSTED: 11:23 AM ET, 08/15/2008 by The Editors

In the months since the Post published a three-part series on landlords who were pushing tenants out by letting the properties fall into serious disrepair, District officials have taken several steps to clean up the city's dilapidated properties.

Today, Debbie Cenziper reports that Linda Argo, the head of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has fired seven commercial inspectors, a month after she fired half of the city's housing-code inspectors. Argo had demanded last year that all of the inspectors become certified, then fired those who failed to meet the standard.

In the series published in March, Cenziper and Sarah Cohen found that landlords had emptied about 200 buildings in recent years, then went on to make millions by converting the buildings to condominiums. In many cases, the properties were riddled with housing-code violations.

By The Editors |  August 15, 2008; 11:23 AM ET D.C. Landlords , D.C. Region
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