Tampa opts to keep vacant property registry in-house, no changes to program
Tampa, FL: Despite more than half of vacant properties in the city being unregistered, City Council has decided to keep its registry in-house.
Thousands of vacant properties have been registered during the past few years, but thousands more still remain derelict and without updated information for the city to act before blight continues to spread.
The decision not to hire an outside consulting agency to handle the city’s remaining and future vacant properties in the registry came from a decision that the urgency to rein in the vacancy crisis left over from the real estate crash of 2008 and its ripple effects had abated.
The city’s vacant property registration program will remain a function of city government, with the annual fee of $125 and city code requirements remaining the same for the time being.
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