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Rental Housing Complaints by Census Tract Map

More rental housing complaints are reported in older areas of Lincoln

Related to the increased likelihood of housing cost burden, the burden of residing in substandard housing may also fall more often on Lincoln residents of color.

The map displays housing complaints deemed justified by the City of Lincoln Building and Safety Department between April 2021 and April 2023 for each city census tract. Greater numbers of violations tend to be recorded in older neighborhoods where higher proportions of people of color reside. The housing age map shows that Lincoln neighborhoods with older housing also tend to have higher proportions of residents of color. Furthermore, Census tracts with more complaints tend to be those with the highest incidence of poverty.

These housing complaint data are likely incomplete as only three- or more unit properties are required to register with the city as rental housing properties. One- and two-unit properties with a history of a housing code violations are required to register with the city. However, just over one hundred have done so since the change in the city code four years ago.


Lincoln Building and Safety Department Citizen Access data portal, April 23, 2021, through April 24, 2023. Retrieved April 28, 2023 from https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/Departments/Building-Safety/Online-Permit-Applications-and-Inspections/Citizen-Access-Information.

Data includes multiple complaints for some addresses.