Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Holding Owners Responsible for Blight

The Detroit City Council passed a Vacant Property  Registration Ordinance earlier this month. The ordinance was sponsored by Councilman Kwame Kenyatta. It is modeled after similar ordinance throughout Michigan and is intended to help hold property owners responsible for blighted property.

6072 Minock - One of the Blighted Properties in Warrendale

The ordinance requires the owner of any vacant structure to register it with the City of Detroit and pay a $25 annual fee for each property. This registry is expected to allow officials to better track property owners, to levy fines when appropriate, and to hold owners accountable for their properties before and after they become blighted.

The fines for failing to register a vacant property are expected to range from $250 to $500 per citation, per property. The fines for failing to maintain a vacant property according to city codes will range, depending on the size of the structure, from $500 to $3,000 per citation, per property.

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