New Kansas City law will help crack down on abandoned properties - KCTV5

New Kansas City law will help crack down on abandoned properties

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The homes are eyesores: ugly, dangerous, and magnets for vagrants. According to city officials, Kansas City has more than 16,000 of them. (KCTV5) The homes are eyesores: ugly, dangerous, and magnets for vagrants. According to city officials, Kansas City has more than 16,000 of them. (KCTV5)
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Abandoned houses that are left unkempt and littered with trash are problematic for many neighborhoods in Kansas City and Independence.

A new law, Senate Bill 111, will help these cities find those irresponsible homeowners.

The homes are eyesores: ugly, dangerous, and magnets for vagrants. According to city officials, Kansas City has more than 16,000 of them.

“this particular one just happens to have…we know there’s squatters in here…They just go in and out [of] the house like it’s theirs,” said KCMO Assistant City Manager John Wood.

The new law requires property owners in Kansas City and Independence to provide the name and address of a real person.

Wood said more than 3,300 abandoned properties in Kansas City are owned by LLCs, which are hard to track down for code violations.  Some homes in the area are owned by LLCs in Las Vegas and in Australia.

“It opens the door for us to go directly to those folks…and say, hey, look. You have a problem here. You need to cut the weeds, you need to fix the peeling paint, you need to fix the roof and help revitalize that property,” Wood said.

The new law allows the city to take the property owner to court if they do not comply.

Kansas City is already working on a $10 million project to try to rehab or sell abandoned houses to responsible owners.

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