MVFH

Miami Valley Fair Housing

Ohio Governor John Kasich Wednesday signed into law legislation banning the use of plywood for boarding up abandoned and vacant properties. Ohio is the first state to take that step.

Under the new law, clear polycarbonate window and door coverings will be used instead of plywood to secure empty homes. There is widespread agreement among housing agencies that clear-boarding helps improve the look of blighted neighborhoods.

Jim McCarthy with the Miami Valley Fair Housing group says the practice also creates other benefits for communities.

Home sales numbers are out for September, and the greater Dayton area shows an increase of 21 percent compared to September of 2012. The dollar volume in the first nine months of the year, $1.3 billion, also increased 21 percent compared to the first nine months of 2012.

Nancy Farkas of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors says she sees the most growth in places like Kettering, Centerville and Beavercreek. But overall, she says the outlook is positive across the board.

The local nonprofit group has won a new trial in a federal discrimination lawsuit over an Ohio apartment listing for a "bachelor pad" for men looking to "hook up." 

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower judge's ruling denying a new trial for Miami Valley Fair Housing Center.

MVFH first sued Dayton-based Connor Group in 2010 over a Craigslist ad for a Centerville apartment. The ad read: "Our one-bedroom apartments are a great bachelor pad for any single man looking to hook up."