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Why was the vacant building ordinance adopted by the city?
Since 2007, the city has experienced a large number of mortgage foreclosures and subsequent vacant properties in its neighborhoods creating a negative impact socially and economically. Foreclosures and vacant properties are some of the top concerns of residents who have enjoyed and expect a high standard of living in this community. It is important for the city to monitor the market conditions, assess property conditions, provide a mechanism to stabilize neighborhoods, and provide an opportunity to attract responsible homeowners in order to revitalize the community.

The majority of foreclosed and vacant properties were not being maintained in a respectful, good condition. An excessive demand was being put on limited city resources to monitor and ensure the properties were maintained in a safe, good condition so they did not attract illegal activities or become a blight to the community. Over 80% of the properties had exterior code violations including maintenance items such as long grass / weeds, garbage / junk / debris, unsecured buildings, etc. (2008 Vacant Building Study).

The registration process provides a mechanism to provide community data and incorporate other city foreclosure initiatives, including re-occupying these properties with responsible homeowners or businesses as appropriate or removing distressed, unsafe, and unmarketable properties.

Vacant Building Ordinance & Registration

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1. When did the vacant building ordinance go into effect?
2. Why was the vacant building ordinance adopted by the city?
3. What is the purpose of the vacant building program?
4. When is a property required to be registered as a vacant building?
5. Can I register a foreclosed vacant property early and participate in the city’s housing programs?
6. How do I register a vacant building?
7. Does the City of Brooklyn Center require a Point of Sale inspection for real estate transactions?