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Is Your House Up to Code?

About 14 percent of Lakewood's homes don't meet city code. So we've put together a searchable database to help you find out if your home is one of them.

More than 1,700 homes in Lakewood need some help getting up to housing code.

That’s according to the city’s finished comprehensive housing survey.

Lakewood Patch has compiled a complete database to look up the properties in Lakewood that need some work.

However, city officials said that since the housing survey was finished in March, about 50 property owners have fixed their issues.

the initial results of the study — with Ward 4 data not yet available — following months of neighborhood canvassing. 

Hundreds of color-speckled dots on a satellite image of Lakewood tell the story of the current state — as well as the future — of the city’s aging housing stock. 

Red is bad, green is good.

Last summer, and building and housing officials set out on foot to examine 11,000 homes in the city. 

The result is the Residential Housing Survey, a collection of data that highlights areas of Lakewood that need some attention. 

Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said the city will begin to focus its efforts on one portion of the city: from Marlowe to Woodward avenues and Detroit to Madison avenues.

The city has ; hosted a ; and , through LakewoodAlive, for residents to paint their homes.

“Overall, our quality of housing is very good — 85 percent,” he recently told Lakewood Patch. “That still means 15 percent of that housing is challenged. We want to make sure that all housing, at the very least, is decent, safe and sanitary." 

Brandon Scullion December 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Suzanne, while I totally emphathize with your situation, this is far from the experience I have had with the city. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the link on the website but you can quickly and easily report problems to the city and they are followed up on within 24 to 48 hours. This being said, I know for a fact that it works. Each time I bring something up I get an email and a phone call the next day - never fail. Good luck with your neighbor/hood. I hope the owner ends up completing those repairs.
Brandon Scullion December 11, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Paul, great points.
Brandon Scullion December 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Annasiara, that is a wonderful attitude. How about the people who live next to a box with windows that is falling apart? For all of their hard work/ my hard work and no matter how beautiful you make your home, your value is tied to the homes surrounding you. I am fairly confident that those who take care of their home are appreciative of this effort by the city. You may think it's BS but in the end, this is for the betterment of all of us - not just a way to make you angry.
DLSJR December 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Lakewood wasting our tax dollars at its finest. Why did they walk past 3-4 family properties? Commercial properties like mine for that matter? Across the street there is a 2 fam and a 4 plex. The 2 fam is listed as in "almost meets code", but the 4plex (not listed) next door looks like a crack house compared to the 2 fam. From the street, 2 fam is nicely painted and mows their yard, basically looks nice. The 4 plex never mows their yard (i have called owner and city), is missing awnings from a storm 3 years ago, and has at least 20 pigeons living under the roof overhang on front porch. Whoever inspected/walked around must have been the same people that did the sidewalk project on Clifton. If so, the city should drug test them.
Brandon Scullion December 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
DLSJR, I'm not sure if you missed this part but the city, which has this info listed as plain as day, is ONLY giving a designation to residential homes. No apartments, no commercial buildings. Commercial is a different division. Regarding your complaints to the owner and the city (please keep in mind I am a homeowner who lives next to a few unsavory structures) Each and every time I contact the city, which they give you more than one avenue, I see a change almost immediately. Not only do I notice the change but they contact me within 24-48 hours to confirm some of the information that I supply to them. I'm not sure what route you are taking but the online reporting is the most efficient by far. I could go on but I'm not trying to be mean as you have. I just wanted to point out some of the obvious.

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