Code Enforcement for Formerly Owner Occupied Homes

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Local governments can use code enforcement initiatives and policies to maintain housing standards and encourage higher quality neighborhoods. Violations of municipal code can include anything from unmaintained housing exteriors, to inoperable vehicles, to lack of snow and ice removal. The end goal of any code enforcement strategy is to prevent substandard houses from becoming vacant, abate public nuisances, and if necessary locate and demolish buildings that are abandoned or beyond repair. Such comprehensive approaches require a blend of compliance and enforcement remedies along with strategic use of rehabilitation resources and housing assistance programs.

The Center for Community Progress has published an excellent guide to forming a community-wide effort (PDF) to use code enforcement as the first line of defense against waves of neglected and abandoned homes.


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