New Dunedin law cracks down on 'chronic nuisance' properties
DUNEDIN| City commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a new law that will levy tough fines against owners of properties with repeat code or criminal complaints.
Under the "chronic nuisance" ordinance, the code enforcement fines racked up by banks and homeowners with neglected rental or homesteaded properties and those in long-term foreclosure will no longer be subordinate to the mortgage.
A property that is cited six times in six months can be deemed a nuisance and the owner required to create a corrective action plan. If that fails and the city itself ends up having to clean up, the costs can be added to the home's tax bill (which the bank or homeowner must pay or risk losing the property).
The ordinance, similar to one adopted in 2012 by Madeira Beach, can also be used to crack down on residential and commercial properties that are the subject of multiple instances of criminal activity.
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