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CONTACT: City Communications, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2010

City reminds vacant and foreclosing property owners to register

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is advising owners of vacant and foreclosing property located in Kansas City, Mo., that annual registration of such properties is due May 1, 2010. Registration is to be made with the City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood and Community Services Department as outlined in ordinance No. 081277.

The vacant and foreclosing property registration requirements went into effect May 1, 2009. All vacant property must be registered within 90 days of becoming and remaining vacant. Failure to register a vacant or foreclosing property within 90 days of the property becoming vacant will result in the issuance of an administrative citation fine of $50. For each month (or portion thereof) that a vacant or foreclosing property is not registered, an additional $50 fee will be assessed.

Registration is required on an annual basis and will expire each May 1. The registration must be updated whenever the property status or contact information changes. For example, the registration will need to be revised if a property is sold or if a new property manager is hired.

Properties currently marketed by a licensed real estate professional hired by the former or current occupant of the property and to which has water service are not deemed vacant.

For this required registration, a vacant property is defined as a property that is lacking habitual presence of human beings who have a legal right to be on the property, or at which substantially all lawful business operations or residential occupancy has ceased.

Foreclosing properties must be registered within 14 days of the initiation of the foreclosure. In addition to registering the property, anyone initiating a foreclosure must inspect the property for occupancy and send notice of the foreclosure initiation to any occupant of the property. Owners selling a vacant or foreclosing property that is registered as required must provide a written notice to the department within 30 days of the closing.

To register property online, visit http://www.kcmo.org/vacant.

For more information, contact Shalisha Boles at 816-513-3200.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to David Park, acting director for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, 816-513-3231.

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