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Best Practice: Ordinances help fight the blight of foreclosed homes
The City of Farmington recently adopted an ordinance that establishes an abandoned residential property registration program as a way to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted, and requiring banks and mortgage companies to maintain the homes they’ve seized.
“The ordinance requires that banks and brokers make sure trash is removed and grass clipped. They must also hire a local property management firm to monitor properties weekly,” Farmington City Manager Vincent Pasture told the Detroit Free Press.
An April 21, 2009 Detroit News editorial commended this aggressive approach to maintaining property values and neighborhood aesthetics and encourages other Southeast Michigan communities to do the same.
Other Southeast Michigan communities – Dearborn, Mt. Clemens, and Redford Township – have similar ordinances. Westland has found success in enforcing a high-grass ordinance that charges the property owner the cost of cutting grass that exceeds eight inches.
SEMCOG supports its members’ attempts to keep neighborhoods safe in these challenging economic times.
This recent magazine article describes California’s foreclosure problems and what they are doing about it.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors compiled descriptions of their most successful strategies and initiatives to combat problem properties. Read Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Survey and Best Practices. It includes best practices from Southfield and Westland.
Detroit’s Vacant Property Campaign has published the Vacant Properties Toolbox, which seeks to empower neighborhoods to take control in order to protect safety, stability, and housing values. The Executive Summary should be helpful to local governments.
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