Hillsborough County expands vacant property registration to include townhomes and condominiums


Hillsborough County, FL: The County’s current vacant property registration has been examined and voted on to be expanded to include condominiums, townhomes, and other dwellings of a similar nature in common interest communities.


The initial ordinance for registration – created in 2009 in response to the housing market crash – excluded condominiums, townhomes, and other such units because the maintenance of those dwellings was usually overseen and kept in line with city code by various joint-ownership management situations and home or community associations.


From 2009 to now, code enforcement officials have discovered, and been reported on by residents in those areas, enough abandoned or vacant townhomes and condominiums not maintained to city codes to warrant the decision to bring those under the umbrella of the property registration.


Contact information for all properties now falling under the ordinance will allow the city to discover what areas are or are likely to be chronic nuisances to safety and beautification efforts, as well as allow for further evaluation of properties that are ambiguous as to the entity in charge of upkeep.


All vacant or abandoned properties undergoing or beginning the foreclosure process pay a $200 registration fee. At this time, that fee and process will remain the same and simply extend to the expanded list of property types.


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