[Adopted 1-6-2003 by Ord. No. 1753]
For purposes of this article an "abandoned residential structure" shall be any structure located within the City of Kalamazoo which is intended, in whole or in part, for residential use and which, for more than 30 days, is both unoccupied and to which one or more of the following applies:
Is open to casual entry;
Has one or more windows boarded;
Has utilities disconnected;
Is the subject of an indebtedness to the City for more than one year; or
Because of disrepair or lack of maintenance, is in a condition that makes it apparent to the public that the structure is in fact unoccupied.
Every owner of an abandoned residential structure shall register said structure by completing and filing with the City an abandoned residential structure registration form. The duty to register shall not require notice by the City. The form shall require the name, address and telephone number of each owner; the date the home became vacant and the reasons for said vacancy; plans, if any, to have the home occupied; and any other information reasonably deemed necessary by the City.
For purposes of this article, an "owner" shall be any person with a legal or equitable ownership interest in the structure.
An owner who fails to timely register an abandoned residential structure shall pay to the City a late fee, the amount of which shall be established by City Commission resolution.
The owner of an abandoned residential structure, whether registered or not, shall pay an abandoned residential structure monthly administrative fee, the amount of which shall be established by City Commission resolution, for the time during which such structure remains an abandoned residential structure.
The monthly administrative fee shall be paid so that it is received by the City on or before the seventh day of each month following each month during which the home was an abandoned residential structure. The amount due for any month during which the status was less than the entire month shall be prorated to reflect the period the structure was abandoned.
A late fee, in an amount to be established by City Commission resolution, shall also be payable by the owner of an abandoned residential structure when a monthly administrative fee is not timely paid.
If all or a part of the required fees established by this article are not paid, the City may recover said sum by:
A person who fails to timely register an abandoned residential structure, or who fails to allow an inspection, or who allows occupancy when a required certificate has not been first obtained shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.