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What is the purpose of the vacant building program?
The purpose of the vacant building program is to:
  • Ensure the property is maintained in a safe and healthful condition.

  • Ensure the property does not become a public nuisance, target for vandalism and illegal activity, and blight to the neighborhood.

  • Identify properties that are life / safety hazards, distressed, unmarketable, and should be demolished.

  • Maintain and improve the city's housing stock and preserve property values.

  • Provide a mechanism to promote the community and these properties with the partnership of the private sector; provide sound, safe housing; and maintain the value in investments for current and future residents and businesses.

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?