To increase accountability, Barberton sets $10,000 bond for vacant property owners


Barberton, OH: New vacant property registration ordinance calls for bond from property owners.


The City Council voted to create a registration program, as well to as force vacant property owners to put forth $10,000 as a safety net to keep property from falling into negligence.


In the past, the city had taken on the task of mowing, cleanups, and such preservation measures, which would cause the cost to be levied against the future owners of the property.


The new plan would tap into the bond provided by the current owners if the property comes into violation of code in a manner where the city has to step in, thereby increasing accountability for the property and reducing costs for those wishing to purchase the property in the future.


All funds left unused when the vacant property transfers hands would be returned to the previous owners.


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