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PROCHAMPS Blog | Fight Blight through Proactive Property Registration

Where To Find A Vacant Property Registration Form

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 As with most endeavors, conventional wisdom holds that “no job is finished until the paper work is done.”  That’s certainly the case when it comes to vacant property registration.  If you are a mortgagee or otherwise legally responsible party of vacant property(s), your job begins with determining your obligation to register those properties and ends with actually completing the appropriate vacant property registration forms required by your municipal ordinances, then submitting them to the corresponding city or county office.  Those vacant property registration forms are not that difficult to find, and can either be downloaded, completed, and returned via snail mail with check payment, or in many instances, the forms may be completed and submitted along with registration fees via credit card payment on line.  PROCHAMPS offers these suggestions to help you locate and complete the forms, whether by downloading or electronic submission.

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A Quick Look At The Basics of Building Registration

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Abandoned, vacant and foreclosed homes and rental properties contribute to neighborhood blight, public safety and crime concerns.  So do buildings classified as commercial, industrial and/or business when left unoccupied, unused and neglected.

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Top 10 Benefits of Proactive Property Registration

 We’ve all heard the wise old axiom—“It’s a little late to close the barn door once the horse has bolted.”

That same analogy mirrors the benefits of proactive property registration rather than reactive property registration.  Spurred by the housing market crash of 2009, hundreds of counties and municipalities around the United States developed property registration ordinances to ensure banks, mortgage companies, other lenders and legally identified owners of vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties register them with locally empowered governments. 

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Registered Rental Properties Demystified

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 Landlords, potential landlords, and property managers of all-sized rental units sometimes are left wondering if they must take any special steps prior to listing their units for rent.  The probability of a “yes” answer is high as many municipalities around the United States have adopted rental property registration ordinances of some type.  Some ordinances are very specific and even require some kind of business license in addition to registration compliance.  And that can go for something as simple as renting out a spare bedroom to a boarder, to managing duplexes, or apartment and condo association units that can run into the hundreds of units.  Some ordinances deal only with abandoned, vacated or foreclosed properties.  Others deal specifically with rental units while still others are hybrid ordinances.

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The Foreclosure Registry Program: What Everyone Is Talking About

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Writing in his 1748 essay, “Advice to a Young Tradesman,” Benjamin Franklin is generally credited as the originator of the famous axiom, “Time is Money.”  His common sense lesson for all was that if you skip out on a half-a-day’s work, you also give away half-a-day’s wages.

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Three Tricks To Easy Rental Property Registration

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Maybe you rent out a room in your basement to help make ends meet.  Perhaps you’re the property manager for a 200-unit apartment complex.   Either way, chances are the municipality where you reside has a rental property registration ordinance.

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What Is Vacant Property Registration?

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When the United States housing market virtually collapsed in 2009, municipalities and local governments scrambled to respond to the crisis.  Faced with mounting levels of vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties, many enacted new ordinances (Vacant Property Registration Ordinances, or VPROs) as a response to spreading neighborhood blight, decreased property values and other negative aspects triggered by waves of vacated homes and other buildings.  

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Understanding Common Vacant Property Registration Ordinances

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At first glance, trying to sift through and comprehend the hundreds of Vacant Property Registration Ordinances (VPROs) currently on the books across the United States can be a bit intimidating.  But once you understand the two basic types of property registration ordinances now being used by cities, counties and local governments, discerning the evolution and current status of these ordinances becomes a little more manageable. Plus, understanding the current ordinances might inspire you to assist your community in passing their own.

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5 Easy Steps to Online Property Registration

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An increasing number of local governments and municipalities around the United States have turned to property registration requirements to combat neighborhood blight and help deal with the fall out of skyrocketing foreclosures, abandoned properties and vacant properties triggered by the housing market bubble burst of 2009. Many counties and empowered government units have also simplified and expedited the compliance of property registration by incorporating technology into the process through online property registration. What might seem intimidating on the surface, is not so daunting once you understand the five basic sequential steps to online property registration.

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Five Benefits to Using a Vacant Property Registry

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Those in the law enforcement and sociology disciplines have labeled it the “broken window” theory.


A building or home with a few broken windows, left unattended and unrepaired, becomes a target for vandals and more broken windows. In many cases vacant and abandoned properties encourage unauthorized occupation, potential fires, and other crimes. Code enforcement becomes a headache as does tracking down the responsible parties. If left unchecked, vacant, abandoned, dilapidated and foreclosed properties become the norm and accepted, eventually leading to neighborhood blight, declining property values to surrounding homes, and negative public perceptio.

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