It’s about time Kansas City takes a more proactive stance against the growing population of vacant homes (2/5, Opinion). On my block, five of the nine homes surrounding us are vacant. One house has been vacant more than 20 years.
My concerns: How will the city enforce this ordinance and get the owners to register? For once they do, will they be hit with a fine? It’s hard enough getting these owners to keep the grass on their properties trimmed. The billing process when the city is forced to cut it must be atrocious. Won’t the city have similar problems with this ordinance?
How will the city know the home is vacant if the owner does not register? Will the city provide a procedure to report homes in your neighborhood that have been vacant for more than three months? If not, the ordinance may be no better than the paper it was written on.