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House Bill 1378


House Bill 1378

ARCHIVE (2003)

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DIGEST OF HB 1378 (Updated April 24, 2003 5:35 PM - DI 108)


Abandoned buildings. Grants community organizations standing to commence civil actions to promote compliance with ordinances when permitted by the enforcing agency. Provides that in any civil action filed by a community organization regarding an unsafe premises, a court may award reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, and other reasonable expenses of litigation to the prevailing party. Allows community organizations to acquire dwellings through urban homesteading for rehabilitation and sale while allowing priority to individuals that hope to acquire the same dwellings. Provides that an order issued by an enforcement authority under the unsafe building law concerning repair and rehabilitation of an unsafe building to bring it into compliance with certain required standards for building condition or maintenance becomes final ten days after notice is given unless a hearing is requested in writing by a person holding: (1) a fee interest; (2) life estate interest; or (3) an equitable interest of a contract purchaser in the unsafe premises. Provides that orders must allow property owners at least 10, but not more than 60 days to accomplish actions to comply with ordinances. Allows municipalities to recover costs of bringing property into compliance with ordinances. Allows a receiver in possession of property to sell the property. Provides for repair alternatives and the creation of liens for unsafe buildings in a receivership. Provides that a municipal corporation or an enforcement authority may establish a registry of properties known to be: 1) in a condition that violates local ordinances; and 2) eligible for enforcement procedures. Provides that the owners of properties listed in a registry of properties must provide an address for the service of process and the name and address of the insurance carrier providing coverage on the property. Provides that new enforcement activities made possible under this act that affect a property recorded in a registry of properties may not be initiated by municipal corporations or enforcement authorities until October 1, 2003. Makes certain other changes.
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