Durham Neighborhood CompassDurham Neighborhood Compass

Poor or Unsound State of Repair, 2015

COUNTY0.5%or593dwelling units in poor or unsound state of repair
Choropleth legend0%0.4%1.1%2.1%3.5%9.6%

Why This is Important

A property's state of repair is often directly influential on the quality of life of its occupants. This measure reports the two most severe categories of deterioration, poor and unsound, as a percentage of all owner- and renter-occupied residential units. For neighborhood areas showing the highest concentrations of poor and unsound properties (between 3.5% and 8% of all residences) the impacts can be considerable to neighborhood safety, public health, and even property values. In those areas, multiple poor and unsound properties can be found on a single block.

About the Data

State of repair for all properties is reported in 5 categories in the Tax Administration's property records. The five categories are good, normal, fair, poor, and unsound. The latter two are defined as follows: poor, showing marked deterioriation; unsound, may be unfit for habitation or condemned. For the measure reported here, these two categories are combined.

Durham County Tax Administration

Additional Resources

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City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Neighborhood Improvement Services is responsible for enforcement of quality of life ordinances and state statutes including the City’s minimum housing code, nonresidential code, and weedy lot and abandoned and junk vehicle ordinances and the State of North Carolina’s unsafe building statute.
City of Durham Community Development The city’s community development and neighborhood stabilization and revitalization efforts including financial empowerment and home retention, affordable housing, and homelessness services programs.
Habitat Durham Dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
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