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WAMU: Want To Be A Housing Inspector? D.C. Considers Uber-Style Plan To Recruit Residents For The Job

April 1, 2019

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CLC attorney Anne Cunningham spoke with WAMU about a new proposal from DCRA that would enlist D.C. residents to conduct housing inspections with an Uber-esque social media platform and rating system. Cunningham expressed concerns about the implementation of such a program, and posed pertinent questions about how it would be carried out.

“These folks would need expensive training. How would we do quality control? I doubt a star-rating would be sufficient. How are we going to make sure we prevent corruption in these inspections? You’re talking about sending people into properties that potentially have asbestos and lead and serious mold issue. What kind of safety considerations will there be?” she said.

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