Why is an abandoned house allowed to sit vacant and deteriorate?

Property owners are required to secure a vacant house or structure to prevent unlawful entry. It may be necessary to board up glass windows to prevent damage or vandalism. Sometimes these properties are abandoned, under foreclosure, or in probate court for years and may become unsightly, but may not be considered dangerous. The Chronic Nuisance Ordinance has minimum requirements for exterior property maintenance. A vacant property can be inspected by Building and Neighborhood Services if reported as a concern for a neighborhood.

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1. What commercial and residential building codes does the City enforce?
2. My landlord won’t fix problem(s) in my rental unit. Can the City help me?
3. When should I get a building permit?
4. How do I obtain a building permit?
5. How are permit fees calculated?
6. Can I construct a detached storage building or garage?
7. Does the City require a building permit for fences and driveways?
8. Do I need a permit for a pool?
9. What are the requirements to rent a property?
10. Is a building permit required for private decks?
11. May I store my refuse carts outside?
12. Where can I park additional vehicles if I need more parking spaces?
13. What are the rules for parking on private property for car repairs?
14. Who should I contact about abandoned cars or personal property parked on a City street?
15. What is the height restriction on grass and weeds?
16. Do I need a permit to have a garage sale? Where can I display my signs?
17. What about other types of signs?
18. Why is an abandoned house allowed to sit vacant and deteriorate?
19. How do I file a complaint against my landlord?
20. How often is a landlord required to have their property inspected?
21. I rent a family member’s house; does this have to be inspected by the Building and Neighborhood Services Division?