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Webinar: Neighborhood Law Programs – Fighting Blight

January 21, 2022 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm

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Almost every city has abandoned, vacant, or dilapidated properties. These properties blight neighborhoods for years, while endangering communities, driving down property values and harming neighborhood morale. Neighborhoods hope and expect cities will fix the situation. Unfortunately, most citizens are unfamiliar with government departments and assume the city will fix the problem.

The problem with nuisance properties is that it requires exploration and explanation before resolution can be reached.  For now, let us assume we are a neighbor next to a nuisance property that has been burned down for months.  At this property transients dump trash  and occasionally spend the night, while doing hard drugs and engaging in dangerous behavior. The burned down property becomes an eyesore. The transients, debris, and unsanitary conditions then endanger your community.  This becomes a major problem, but who do you call?

The department that can often fix these major nuisance properties is the city attorney’s office, which has an arsenal of remedies to deal with nuisances. These remedies include Health and Safety Receiverships. Then there are other actions such as Drug Abatement Act, Red Light Abatement and Nuisance lawsuits, as well as Vacant Property Ordinances, and Eminent Domain to name a few.

Speaker: Ryan Griffith

Member Price – $55
Non-Member Price – $75

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