In recent years legislative bodies at various levels of government have recognized the need for legally requiring the maintenance of housing at certain minimum standards. Such regulation has been deemed necessary because of the deterioration experienced by practically every major city in America. This deterioration causes a downward spiral usually resulting in complete blight in the deteriorating area. The first step toward blight is slight deterioration followed by neglect of repairs by owners and landlords (the latter neglect is an attempt to maintain a high return on investment, the former because of loss of faith in the quality of the neighborhood). In the final analysis purchasers who might have invested in and maintained the neighborhood abandon the area and it is left to rot and die.
Maynard L. Graft Jr.,
Compulsory Home Repair Laws,
20 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol20/iss2/6