St. Helens moves to prevent property value decline via vacant property registration program

St. Helens, OR: A vacant property registration program has been adopted to prevent diminishing values for abandoned properties and the ripple effect into surrounding areas.


Ordinance 3192 requires the person in charge of a location to register the property with the city, in the event the property enters the foreclosure cycle or has been deemed vacant or abandoned by the city.


The City will notify, or attempt notification based on current records, for such property falling into states of disrepair or foreclosure status. If a property owner, or representative, does follow through with registration, fees, and upkeep for possible code violations, a lien may be placed against the property.



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