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Thousands of Boston apartments unregistered after missing (or ignoring) deadline with city

Nearly a third of Boston’s apartments missed their mandatory registration deadline with the city.

Is your apartment registered? The Boston Globe/Getty

Nearly a third of Boston’s apartments are still “unregistered,’’ The Boston Globe reports, after missing a mandatory deadline to register with the city two years ago. That could make it harder for inspectors to make sure those units are up to snuff.

The initial deadline to register units was August 1, 2013 after a law was enacted amid growing concern over substandard conditions at multiple rental properties. But after many landlords missed that deadline, the city extended it by a month. Now, landlords are required to re-register units by the start of July each year.

About 16,000 different landlords have registered, according to the Globe, a process that costs $25 per unit the first time and $15 to renew annually.

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But an estimated 50,000 units have never been registered and are not being tracked. The Globe detected the discrepancy after comparing data provided by the city to information from the U.S. Census Bureau. There are roughly 164,000 renter-occupied units in Boston, and only 111,467 units registered. The database is important to the city’s Housing Division of the Inspectional Services Department because it helps the agency identify and contact landlords who don’t comply with housing regulations.

Read the full Globe story here.

The safest towns in Massachusetts:

The safest towns in Massachusetts

Home security and safety company SafeWise recently compiled a list of the u201c100 Safest Cities in America.u2019u2019 SafeWise reviewed the most recent crime statistics from the FBI and compared the data to each communityu2019s public safety, public health, and educational information. Check out the Massachusetts communities that received top marks for safety. BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters

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Holliston (83/100): Population: 14,199. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.99. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.28. SafeWise credits Holliston with expanding its social services, including Holliston Youth and Family Services, to address its growing population. cmh2315fl/Flickr

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Hopkinton (78/100): Population: 15,689. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.92. Every year, runners flock to Hopkinton as the Boston Marathon gets started. SafeWise also praised Hopkinton for its efforts to protect residentsu2019 health and wellness, including anonymous mental health screenings. The Boston Globe

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Holden (67/100): Population: 17,775. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.40. SafeWise highlighted Holdenu2019s conservation and public safety awareness efforts, including the u201cHolden Fire Explorer Programu2019u2019 that educates future firefighters. Doug Kerr/Flickr

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Westford (64/100): Population: 23,196. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.47. This Lowell suburb has instituted community safety initiatives that include a drop box for prescription drugs and bicycle and pedestrian safety programs. Doug Kerr/Flickr

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Bedford (57/100). Population: 13,947. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.31. Bedford is located near Concord and Lexington. SafeWise praised the town for its community offerings, including the Bedford Center for the Arts. John Blanding/The Boston Globe

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Weston (56/100). Population: 11,893. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.47. Weston, the Commonwealthu2019s wealthiest community, was praised by SafeWise for its commitment to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. Justin Saglio for The Boston Globe

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Medfield (55/100). Population: 12,309. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.97. Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.71. Medfield won accolades from SafeWise for the u201cMedfield Youth Outreach Program,u2019u2019 an initiative that provides free counseling and crisis intervention to families in need. The Boston Globe

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Franklin (51/100). Population: 32,633. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.24. Franklinu2019s library still has books donated by founding father Benjamin Franklin, the townu2019s namesake. SafeWise highlighted the town councilu2019s initiatives to educate and support senior citizens. cmh2315fl/Flickr

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Sudbury (45/100). Population: 18,315. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00. Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.13. SafeWise highlighted Sudburyu2019s Teen Center as a place where young people can enjoy supervised recreational activities. Doug Kerr/Flickr

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Norton (43/100). Population: 19,414. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.41. Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.64. As host of the Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Tournament, Norton has experience in addressing public safety. The community has a program to teach residents about disaster response preparedness, including basic search and rescue techniques. Doug Kerr/Flickr

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Sharon (18/100). Population: 17,935. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.06. Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.24. Home to scenic trails and settings including Lake Massapoag, SafeWise praised Sharonu2019s conservation efforts, which pair with the townu2019s safety and community planning efforts. John Tlumacki /The Boston Globe

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Duxbury (16/100). Population: 15,244. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13. Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.87. Duxbury is a coastal community within commuting distance to Boston. According to SafeWise, Duxbury also saw a decrease in violent crime and property crime last year. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Clinton (9/100). Population: 13,721. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73. Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.91. In addition to hosting the oldest, still-actively used baseball field in the world, Clinton also offers early childhood education, adult education courses, and English language courses for its residents. Doug Kerr/Flickr

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Norfolk (7/100). Population: 11,663. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00. Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.52. Norfolk, which once housed figures from the Revolutionary War including George Washington, reported no violent crimes in 2013. Doug Kerr/Flickr

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Wayland (6/100). Population: 13,411. Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.37. Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.13. Wayland, home to the Commonwealthu2019s first public library, earned its way onto SafeWiseu2019s rankings with its free fire education programs, including a preschool program and a babysitting course. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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