City of Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo County
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[Adopted 1-6-2003 by Ord. No. 1753]

§ 9-351 Abandoned residential structure.

A. 
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:
(1) 
Is open to casual entry;
(2) 
Has one or more windows boarded;
(3) 
Has utilities disconnected;
(4) 
Is a dangerous building, as defined by Article VII of Chapter 9 of the City Code of Ordinances;
(5) 
Is under notice for being in violation of Chapter 17 of the City Code of Ordinances;
(6) 
Is the subject of an indebtedness to the City for more than one year; or
(7) 
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.

§ 9-352 Duty to register.

A. 
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.
B. 
For purposes of this article, an "owner" shall be any person with a legal or equitable ownership interest in the structure.

§ 9-353 Late registration; fee.

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.

§ 9-354 Monthly administrative fee.

A. 
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.
B. 
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.
C. 
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.

§ 9-355 Recovery of fees.

A. 
If all or a part of the required fees established by this article are not paid, the City may recover said sum by:
(1) 
Directing the Assessor to add the amount due to the next tax roll of the City such that said sum is collected in the same manner as provided by law for collection of taxes; or
(2) 
Filing suit against the owner for the entry of civil money judgment; or
(3) 
Any other means available by law.

§ 9-356 (Reserved)

§ 9-357 Right to inspect.

The City may access the interior of an abandoned residential structure for purposes of inspection once said home has been abandoned for more than 30 days if either § 9-351A(4), (5), or (7) applies to the structure.

§ 9-358 Certificate of occupancy.

A structure which has been an abandoned residential structure for more than 30 days and to which either § 9-351A(4), (5), or (7) applies shall not be occupied unless it first receives a certificate of occupancy.

§ 9-359 Penalty.

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.