Hudson, NY, considering revisions to City Code to include vacant property registration ordinance

Hudson, NY: The Common Council is reviewing and preparing to vote on adoption of a vacant property registration ordinance; which was first brought up August 2017 and has been under revision since that time.

The ordinance as presented to Council at the end of June 2018 would require owners to register properties with the Code Enforcement Department within 30 days of the property becoming vacant, or within 30 days of notification being sent by the City of a registration requirement for being vacant.

Registration would include current information for the owner, the status and condition of the property, contact information for a local representative, a plan laying out what is to be done with the property to resolve the vacant status, and a cash bond of at least $10,000 for purposes of continued maintenance of the property by the City should the owner fail to keep up with all needed maintenance.

The fee to register is $250 for the first year, and increases by $500 each subsequent year until capping at the fifth year for $2,000 and with that fee being due for each year after the fifth of vacancy.

Violations of any provision of City Code can result in fines up to $1,000 per day or imprisonment up to one year, or a combination of both; with each day of violation for each offense constituting a separate offense.

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