BY BILL TURQUE
Kansas City health inspectors will be able to investigate complaints of poor or hazardous conditions in rental housing under a ballot question that appeared headed toward passage Tuesday night.
The “Healthy Homes” initiative (Question 1) led by by nearly 10,000 votes with 70 percent of precincts reporting.
The health department usually inspects rental homes and apartments for potential lead hazards. Under Healthy Homes, inspectors will respond to tenant complaints about a broader range of conditions, including mold and cockroaches, common sources of childhood asthma.
Inspectors will also conduct a limited number of random, unannounced visits to properties that they suspect pose hazards.