In 2016 Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI -a public interest law and policy center in the Chicago region) and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (representing the local elected officials of the six-county Chicago region) published a report titled, “Vacant Building Ordinances: Strategies for Confronting Vacant Building Challenges”
To view the report, please click on the following link;
Vacant Building Ordinances: Strategies for Confronting Vacant Building Challenge

The Kentucky League of Cities has built a comprehensive data resource center for information including;

  • City Officials Guide to Vacant Residential Properties
  • Local Government Code Enforcement Handbook, and;
  • with the assistance of MuniReg’s founder, A Model Ordinance Requiring Registration of Certain Vacant Residential Properties.

To access the information, please click on the following link;
KLC Code Enforcement Resource Page

Published in 2009 by Community Legal Resources (now Michigan Community Resources) with the assistance of MuniReg’s founder, the Vacant Property Legal Manual features the following areas:

  • Preventing Vacancy: Foreclosure Prevention
  • Determining Property Ownership
  • Stabilizing Vacant Properties
  • Controlling the Condition of Vacant Properties
  • Purchasing Vacant Properties
  • Issues Regarding the Acquisition and Maintenance of Vacant Properties

The section on vacant property registration (VPR) ordinances begins on page 24.

To view the report, please click on the following link;
Vacant Property Legal Manual

Download the recent study from the Center for Community Progress that demonstrate the tremendous missed opportunities and inefficiencies in administering a VPRO “in-house”

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania maintains the PA Blight Library with resources including

  • Understanding Blight and its Impact on Communities
  • Planning to Prevent and Remediate Blight
  • Code Enforcement
  • Land Banks Blight & Land Bank Funding Options
  • Conservatorship
  • Blight to Bright Manual
  • Land Bank Resource Guide

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Report “Revitalizing Pennsylvania” 

Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations report
Dealing with Blight: Strategies for Tennessee’s Communities


The Community Development Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law issued a report titled, Texas Problem Properties Toolkit.
The report focused on;

  • Community engagement
  • Rental property registration
  • Receivership
  • Vacant property ordinances
  • Criminal nuisance abatement
  • Land banking
  • Code enforcement

West Virginia

The West Virginia University College of Law has a toolkit, titled “From Liability to Viability A Legal Toolkit to Address Neglected Properties in West Virginia”

Among the various tools discussed in the Toolkit;

  • Building Code
  • On-site Citations
  • Vacant Property Registration
  • Uninhabitable Property Registration
  • Liens for Demolition and Repair
  • Public Pressure
  • Locating the Property Owner
  • Partnerships with Financial Institutions
  • Negotiating with Stakeholders
  • Injunctive Relief Through a Nuisance Code
  • Liens for Debris Removal after Fire

You can also access the various sections directly from the webpage.

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