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In October 2005, Bristol adopted and has been enforcing the Housing and Property Maintenance Code of the City of Bristol. The Health District coordinates with the Bristol Building Department, Police Department, Fire Department and the Zoning Enforcement Officer to enforce the Housing and Property Maintenance Code.
This ordinance applies to the maintenance, use and occupancy of all dwellings including rental properties. This ordinance is intended to provide minimum and uniform standards governing the condition, occupancy and maintenance of dwellings and establish safeguards for the health, safety and welfare of the occupants and users of said premises.
Is the Landlord not making repairs, problems with your apartment? Do NOT withhold your rent – you will be evicted for non-payment of rent – regardless of the problems in your apartment.
Read a document called Housing Code Enforcement Lawsuit regarding an alternative to not paying your rent to the landlord if you feel he is not making repairs as necessary in your apartment.
Calling the health department will not stop an eviction for non-payment of rent.
Read information on Bed Bugs
Healthy Homes-Healthy Homes Initiative
The association between health and housing has been known for hundreds of years. People spend around 90% of their time indoors. Your home is a very important environment where you and your family may spend much of your time. If your home environment is unhealthy or unsafe, it can lead to disease, injury or even death. The quality of housing effects our quality of life. A home can support health and well-being.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health Healthy Homes Initiative is a holistic and comprehensive approach designed to address the connection between housing and health. The goal of the Healthy Homes Initiative is to promote health and well-being through safe and healthy home environments. This is accomplished by addressing physical, chemical, and toxic hazards in the home through a variety of programs