Dealing with Problem Property Owners
Problem properties, occupied or vacant, are everywhere. They can range from poorly maintained but habitable rental buildings to abandoned buildings, open and unsecured, that represent major neighborhood eyesores. In most cities, the great majority of problem properties are privately owned, most often by owners who do not live in the property themselves. For cities that are seeking to preserve, strengthen or revitalize their neighborhoods and downtowns, coming up with effective strategies to deal with the owners of privately-owned problem properties, encouraging responsible owners and cracking down on bad apples, is a critical element in any such undertaking.