The Hagerstown Housing Authority is considering buying, improving and selling any rental housing that might be put up for sale due to the city's rental registration ordinance, Housing Authority Executive Director Ted Shankle said Wednesday.
Shankle and Hagerstown Chief Code Compliance Inspector John Lestitian said Wednesday they expect some landlords will decide it is easier to sell rental property than to pay to bring it up to a condition where it would pass a city inspection.
Lestitian said he did not think there would be many instances in which that would happen.
The Housing Authority is independent of the city government.
The purchased property would not become new public housing units, he said.
By improving the property before selling it, the Housing Authority would meet a city's goal behind the ordinance: To improve the quality of rental housing in the city, Shankle said.