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Area Ranks Low for Healthy Housing

By Sally Deneen The good news is homes in Chicagoland have fewer signs of rats, siding problems and room heaters without flues compared to the national average, according to a national report. But the bad news is that homes in the metro area are likelier than national average "to suffer issues with water leaks from outside, heating and plumbing equipment breakdown, and are more likely to lack kitchen facilities." A report by the National Center for Healthy Housing states that homes outside the central city are likelier than the national average to have sewage disposal breakdowns and foundation problems. Rental homes are more likely to have problems with broken plaster or peeling paint, water leaks from the outside, and a lack of adequa

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