|Posted:||December 4, 2014 03:23 PM|
|From:||Senator Kim L. Ward|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Code Violations for Dilapitated Properties|
|In the near future, I will be reintroducing Senate Bill 1242 of last session which aims to give municipalities the ability to address dilapidated properties sooner than they now can.
Currently, municipalities must issue citations four times for the same building code violation before a criminal offense of failure to comply may be charged against a neglectful property owner.
This criminal offense was passed into law in 1999 as part of a package of bills addressing urban blight. It was intended to be used against property owners who are continually cited for multiple building code violations and who do nothing to remedy those violations. To date, this criminal offense has only been charged in a handful of cases and even far fewer convictions.
Blight continues to be a major problem in my district and it seems that nothing can be done to hold the rightful owners of these dilapidated buildings accountable. By lowering the number of code violations that trigger when this criminal offense can be charged, I hope to encourage property owners to stay on the right side of the law yet give communities the ability to quickly address those who do not before the properties deteriorate further.
The legislation I am introducing would do the following:
If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact my office at 787-6063. Thank you for your consideration.
Introduced as SB330