Several bills have been introduced into the West Virginia Legislature.

Interesting about the first one, there is no indication where local governments will receive funding for this initiative. 

House Bill 4097 ” requiring municipalities to maintain a program to assist homeowners who are eligible for the homestead exemption in maintaining their homes free of conditions that are unsafe, unsanitary, dangerous or detrimental to the public safety or welfare.”
To view the text of the bill, please click here.

Senate Bill 263 

  • authorizing a municipality to commence a proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction
    in the county in which the property is located to compel a foreclosure;
  • defining a “vacant and abandoned residential property”;
  • designating the section as the Zombie Property Remediation Act of 2020;
  • requiring conveyance of the deed following foreclosure.
    To view the text of the bill, please click here.

Senate Bill 265 “authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to develop the Reclamation of Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties Program to reclaim abandoned and dilapidated structures in order to improve West Virginia communities”

To view the text of the bill, please click here.

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