Richfield Vacant House Law

Last night the Richfield City Council passed an ordinance that requires home and business owners to register properties that have been vacant for more than 90 days. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Such ordinances are popping up in cities all of the country and many are being met with fierce resistance. Cities want them because the foreclosure crisis – and slow real estate market – has left many communities with untended vacant buildings that can become troublesome eyesores. Many real estate agents in the Twin Cities metro area opposed the ordinance because it left owners of houses that were for sale, but unlived in, vulnerable to what they considered onerous regulations, additional fees and the threat of demolition if vacant for more than a year.

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