Dunedin considers ordinance to force improvements to neglected foreclosures
In an effort to drive down the number of unsightly foreclosures, Dunedin officials are researching a chronic-nuisance ordinance adopted by Madeira Beach last October.
While Madeira Beach has targeted problem rental properties, Dunedin wants to address long-term abandonment problems with homes in foreclosure.
Dunedin planning director Greg Rice says the ordinance would provide more teeth to enforce code violations by:
• Deeming repeat violators a chronic nuisance, and requiring the owner to create and stringently follow a corrective action plan.
• Tacking on city cleanup costs to the foreclosing party’s tax bill when the city has to take action. City officials believe this will get the attention of owners and lenders, who often ignore code enforcement fines because they are subordinate to the mortgage, but must continue paying the property taxes or risk losing the home.
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