Omaha approves December start for property registration
Omaha, NE: City Council voted unanimously to pass a vacant and abandoned property ordinance, under discussion since October, to address citizen concerns about accountability for vacant properties.
Properties found to be in states of dilapidation – unsecured, graffiti, vermin, plant overgrowth, safety hazards, etc. – will be identified by city officials or concerned citizens and a notice will be sent to the property owner or responsible party.
Property owners will have to register with the city and provide current contact information, a timetable for bringing the property into compliance, an expected timeframe that the property will remain unoccupied, and pay a $500 fee.
If the owner does not intend to sell, repair, or rehabilitate the building(s), then the owner must provide a plan for removal or demolition of all buildings and structures, with a timeline for completion.
No structure will be deemed registered until all requirements of registration have been satisfied to a reasonable degree as determined by the Building Official.
The program is set to being in early December.
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