Hemet rescinds its ‘crime-free’ rental housing program under federal threat

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The Hemet City Council announced the city was discontinuing its rental registration and crime-free rental housing program last week following accusations they are discriminatory and may violate civil rights. The discontinuation also included crime free lease agreements, the crime prevention through environmental design inspection reference checklists and other related forms. The crime-free rental housing program was instituted by the council in October 2013 and instituted some penalties against those not complying with the program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development questioned the practice in Hemet and other cities with similar resolutions after lawsuits, claiming racism, were filed by the U.S. Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union. HUD threatene
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