“Turbocharging” Code Enforcement Foreclosures

Update New article goes into more details on this issue including various approaches by several municipalities. To view the article, please click on following link: Families lose homes after Florida cities turbocharge code enforcement foreclosuresREAD MORE

HB 2083 Kansas Vacant Property Act

Kansas Senate is deliberating on HB 2083 after it passed the House. The bill seeks to create “the Kansas vacant property act to prohibit municipalities from imposing any fees or registration requirements on the basisREAD MORE

“Property Reunification” Pilot Program

Louisville KY is piloting a new program titled, “Property Reunification” at reunifying heirs with privately owned properties currently being maintained by Louisville Metro Government. “By uniting heirs with these lots, the program will encourage neighborhoodREAD MORE

Institutional Investors in Housing

A new report has been released by Nowak Metro Finance Lab in collaboration with Accelerator for America titled, “We Buy Houses”: You Lose Out. This study follow a September 2022 study titled, “Investor Home PurchasesREAD MORE

Nuisance Lien Recovery

Two recent developments in this arena from Georgia and Michigan. Georgia The LaGrange City Council is considering limiting the interest that accrues on liens placed on properties to pay for the demolition of unsafe houses.READ MORE

California Seeks to Boost Code Enforcement

Senate Bill 356 was introduced on February 8th, and was referred to the Housing Committee the following week. According to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest; The bill (titled “Housing: Code Enforcement Incentive Program: Community Code EnforcementREAD MORE

“Unprecedented Test Case” in Pittsburgh

In what the Pittsburgh Gazette is calling an “unprecedented effort”, “dramatic move” and a “test case”, community groups are pushing in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to step in under the state’s Abandoned and Blighted Property ConservatorshipREAD MORE

“Padlock Laws” for Nuisance Properties

The New Orleans City Council voted to give the police chief authority to shut down nuisance businesses that could be contributing to the city’s crime crisis. The “padlock law provides for a business to beREAD MORE

Taking Tougher Stand on Fires at Abandoned Properties

Two recent articles discuss new strategies pertaining to fires, and the associated costs to local government, at vacant and abandoned properties. Winnipeg (Canada) Newly proposed legislation in Winnipeg (Canada) proposes that owners of vacant propertiesREAD MORE

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