FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2009
Vacant and foreclosing property must be registered with the City
All owners of vacant and foreclosing property located in Kansas City, Mo., now must register their properties with the City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood and Community Services Department. This requirement is the result of the passage of ordinance No. 081277 in February 2009.
The vacant and foreclosing property registration requirements went into effect May 1. 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. Vacant properties that are not registered before Aug. 1 will be in noncompliance and subject to the fine. 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 writing notice to the department within 30 days of the closing.
To register property online, visit http://www.kcmo.org/vacant.
For more information, contact Pearline McFall, Property Conservation manager at (816) 784-4024.