The City has a condemnation process for buildings that are not safe to live in.
Why the City condemns buildings
The City may condemn a building when:
- It is vacant and boarded for more than 60 days. See Boarded buildings
- An inspector finds it to be unsafe and cites specific hazards.
- An inspector has assigned the property a score that qualifies it for condemnation due to general poor condition.
- Utilities have been discontinued.
- There is a housing hygiene problem.
In rare cases, the City could condemn one unit in a multi-unit building. This would only happen if the unit does not endanger the remaining structure.
What a building owner must do after a building is condemned
Once a building is condemned, the owner:
- Must prove that problems have been fixed before anyone can live in or use the building
- Will likely need to go through a code compliance process
How a building owner can rehab a condemned building
- Often meet the City's criteria for the Vacant Building Registration (VBR) program.
- Can be rehabbed through an agreement between the owner and the City.
Before the City gives out permits to do work on a vacant building, the owner must:
- Register the property with the VBR program
- Pay all vacant building fees
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