With an average of 36 million Americans changing homes every year, we’re a country constantly on the move. But too often there’s more than meets the eye at an open house. Broken plumbing, faulty heat, pests, or absentee landlords are just some of the unpleasant surprises that arise after the lease or deed is signed. More seriously, poor ventilation, asbestos, mold, and lead constitute hidden hazards that can lead to poisoning and chronic disease. The victims are most often children..
Now local government has a new way to get the facts about housing into the hands of more citizens. The City of San Francisco, Code for America, and a coalition of industry and government partners announced the House Facts Data Standard. This uniform, machine-readable data format — authored by Rajiv Bhatia and Cyndy Comerford from San Francisco Department of Public Health — amounts to a health and safety history of every house and apartment within participating municipalities.
This uniform format allows this data to easily travel to the online platforms people depend on to choose their next home.Read the full post