Residential vacant property registration ordinance approved for Chardon, OH

Chardon, OH: City Council approved a residential vacant property registration ordinance.

A property can be deemed "vacant” if it is "lacking habitual presence of human beings who have a legal right to be on the premises, or at which substantially all lawful residential occupancy has ceased, or which is substantially devoid of contents", per the ordinance.


Owners of a residential property that becomes vacant have 60 days to register the property, designate a representative located in Geauga County as the agent responsible for the property, and provide current contact information for all parties.


A $50 fee is due at time of registration, with re-registration due annually for the duration of the vacancy; and any changes to information provided due within 20 days of the change.


Failure to comply with any section of the ordinance can result in a misdemeanor in the first degree charge, as well as a fine of up to $1000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months, for each violation; with each day of a continued violation constituting a new, separate, violation charge.

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