The Housing Program seeks to gain compliance with the Massachusetts Sanitary Code, Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation as well as applicable local ordinances. Inspectors perform systematic inspections, respond to complaints, issue orders, address illegal dumping, register and inspect foreclosed and/or vacant buildings. In cases where compliance is not met, the department will pursue to resolve the matter in Housing Court.
In order to protect and preserve public health and safety, security and quiet enjoyment of occupants, abutters and neighborhoods, the Department of Inspectional Services, Housing and Health Division requires all owners of abandoned and/or foreclosed properties, including lenders, trustees,and service companies to register such properties with the Housing and Health Division on forms provided by that division, with an applicable registration fee.
The properties must be maintained in accordance with all other applicable state codes and local regulations concerning the maintenance of properties.
The Worcester Fair Housing Project (WFHP) - a joint project between Community Legal Aid (CLA) and the City of Worcester - provides advice and representation to anyone in Worcester County who has been the victim of housing discrimination.