Oak Grove, KY, sets stringent residential vacant property registration, maintenance program in place
Oak Grove, KY: The City has established a vacant property registration and maintenance program for residential homes to reduce safety risks and property value decline.
Any creditor (“creditor” defined as a federal or state chartered bank, credit union, or loan association, and any entity on behalf of such institutions) in possession of a vacant property must on or before the day a complaint of foreclosure or executing a deed in lieu of foreclosure occurs, file a registration for the residential property as vacant with the City Clerk office.
If a property becomes vacant after filing a complaint of foreclosure or executing a deed in lieu of foreclosure, but before moving the title to another party, the creditor must file also register the property within 10 days with the City Clerk office.
Notice of a code violation for the Nuisance Code on a property where it becomes vacant after filing a complaint of foreclosure or executing a deed in lieu of foreclosure, but before moving the title to another party, the will be sent via certified mail to the entity listed in the City’s registration files, and the entity will have 20 days to remedy the violation.
Failure to register a property within the time allotted can result in fines of $100 per day until the registration is completed. Failure to remedy violations involving the City Nuisance Code on the property within the time allotted can result in a citation from the City, along with penalties by the City involved in regulating the nuisance.
If within 7 days of the City posting a notice of code violation, the property has not had an inspection set up with the Code Enforcement office to check the property is now in compliance, fines of $100 per hour for work needed can be set to remedy the violations; with a lien placed on the home at the Christian County Court House.
If a property is cleaned up prior to the City action to clean it, but after the Code Enforcement Board votes to fine and abate a lien, the fine and administrative fees will be placed in the amount of either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd offense, per City Code.
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