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    Corn Burning Fool giff57's avatar
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    Vacant and dilapidated buildings

    Can any of you share a vacant and dilapidated building ordinance? We have a few abandoned houses in town that are starting to become a problem due to lack of maintenance. I'm looking at something that would force repair or removal of the abandoned property.
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    Check your inbox.
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    Thats funny!!!! We have so many around here its dammed near impossible to have ordinances.
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    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    Can any of you share a vacant and dilapidated building ordinance? We have a few abandoned houses in town that are starting to become a problem due to lack of maintenance. I'm looking at something that would force repair or removal of the abandoned property.

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    Cities have struggled with this issue for years. When a property owner walks, it's hard to hold him accountable. Maybe you can force the bank to maintain the property, but you just might only succeed in delaying foreclosure

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    Stroskey & SW MI if you could pass along that example to me as well I'd appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Thats funny!!!! We have so many around here its dammed near impossible to have ordinances.
    I thought the city had an annual removal program each October 30th.
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    You'd have to structure your nuisance ordinance such that abandoned buildings re-presented "a nuisance attractive to trespassers, vandals and arsonists" that had to be "abated", but if they were REALLY well secured, a judge would probably toss you out on your...ear.

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    On a related note, we received a call this afternoon from a lender. She was asking what happened to a home that was recently foreclosed. Turns out the house sustained a fire a couple of months ago, the building official declared it a dangerous building and had it demolished. The house's appraised value: $500,000.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    On a related note, we received a call this afternoon from a lender. She was asking what happened to a home that was recently foreclosed. Turns out the house sustained a fire a couple of months ago, the building official declared it a dangerous building and had it demolished. The house's appraised value: $500,000.
    Hmmm... If the bank had a mortgage they should have been named as a beneficiary of any insurance.

    There was an interesting case near here not long ago. After sitting vacant for months while it was for sale, a million dollar home burned to the ground. A little suspicious? The owner was also under indictment for defrauding the state government.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    Hmmm... If the bank had a mortgage they should have been named as a beneficiary of any insurance......
    Indeed, they were--along with the lien for the demolition. They were simply surprised that the house was gone. But you know how banks work; they received the registered letter yet didn't pass it up the chain of command. I'm still waiting for the update from builders services. I'll know more tomorrow after golf.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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