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Who is responsible for maintaining pools and properties at homes that are either vacated or foreclosed?

Our Code Enforcement Department receives an updated list from Community Development on a monthly basis that lists all the pre-foreclosures and bank owned properties. From that list, code officers research the properties to see if it has been abandoned and whether the grass is being maintained or has a stagnant pool, broken windows or doors and then send a notification of violation to the property owner. Code officers also research to find out who the foreclosure attorney is, send them a copy of the notification, as well as to the bank. Hopefully, we will get cooperation. If the violation is not complied within a certain amount of time, the next step would be to have a Special Magistrate Hearing, where a fine amount will be determined. If it is not complied, the special magistrate can give city officials the authority to correct the violation, which could include mowing the lawn, boarding and securing the home and also taking care of the stagnant pool.

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