Vacant property registration fees doubled after vote from Warren, OH, City Council

Warren, OH: City Council amended the vacant property registration ordinance, doubling fees to address the costs of administration and to avoid increased expenses for the City.


The new terms state owners of any vacant or abandoned structure must register the property within 30 days of it becoming vacant or within 30 days of notice from the City; and will have 20 days from the time of any changes to the previous registration information, to provide the revisions.


Owners of foreclosed properties, or properties in the foreclosure process, must also supply a minimum $10,000 bond to the City, to account for any measures for maintenance that need to be taken for the property.


Registration for residential properties increased from $100.00 to $200.00 per property, and must be renewed annually. Registration fees, but not the registration itself, can be waived if the property is properly secured and grounds maintained, and the property is otherwise in compliance with all other codes for property within the City.


Failure to register or update registration information within the timeframes allowed will result in penalties of $50.00 per day, with each day a separate offense, to a maximum of $1,000.00.


The changes to the measure are effective as of Sept. 13, 2017.




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