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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 9, 2010

Vacant and foreclosing property registration is required with the City

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is issuing a reminder to owners of vacant and foreclosing property located in the City in an effort to let them know they must renew or establish registration of these properties with the City's Neighborhood and Community Services Department on an annual basis. Annual registration of these properties is part of the Registration and Inspection Program established by the City Council, with passage of ordinance No. 081277 in February 2009. The vacant and foreclosing property registration requirements went into effect May 1, 2009.

All vacant properties 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 and remaining vacant will result in the issuance of an administrative citation fine of $50. For each month (or portion thereof) that a 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 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 in writing, a notice to the department within 30 days of the closing.

Online registration is available at http://www.kcmo.org/vacant. Registration forms can be downloaded and submitted by mail or in person. For more information about the Property Registration and Inspection Program, visit http://www.kcmo.org/vacant or contact Shalisha Boles, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, 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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