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Housing Inspections Around the U

Rental properties around the University of Minnesota are the target of Minneapolis housing inspectors. Properties will be inspected for safety code violations involving electrical systems, smoke detectors and overcrowding.

The inspections are part of a larger plan to improve neighborhoods near the university largely inhabited by students. In the Southeast Como area, private homes have been converted into apartment buildings and other rental units at one of the highest rates in Minneapolis. Between 2000 and 2006, 17 percent of single-family residencies were converted to rentals.

Jan Murlock, director of community relations for the university's Twin Cities' campus told the Pioneer Press she wants neighborhoods around campus to be safe and attractive places for students and other community members to live.

Officials expect the inspections to continue for the next two years.