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Henderson City Council Approves Foreclosure Registry Ordinance

February 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – The city of Henderson’s city council unanimously approved an ordinance that will establish a registration program to oversee abandoned residential property and those in danger of becoming abandoned. The ordinance is designed to reduce and prevent neighborhood blight, to mitigate conditions that threaten the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and to promote neighborhood stability.

The ordinance, approved at the last city council meeting, will enable the city to track homes that have been abandoned or are early in the foreclosure process and hold responsible parties accountable for maintaining the properties.

When homes go into default, lenders or the property owner would be required to register the property with the city and provide ongoing maintenance until new owners purchase the property. Lenders or the property owner would also be required to provide a contact name and phone number so that the city would have a point of contact concerning the property. The city will use the information from the registry to monitor the properties and ensure they are maintained.

Currently, the city only discovers abandoned residential property after the home has fallen into disrepair and generated complaints from neighbors. Many times the city must use taxpayer dollars to secure a property with little hope of getting reimbursed from the responsible party. The ordinance also allows the city to utilize various enforcement remedies for the responsible party that refuse to maintain their properties.

The goal is to ensure that property owners or the lenders and property management companies hired to oversee the abandoned houses are good neighbors and keep up the properties. The banks will be charged a $200 annual fee per abandoned residential property. The city will use a bidding process to hire an outside vendor to create and manage the registry. For more information contact Neighborhood Services at (702) 267-2000.

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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006 and Liveability.com: 2013), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and being a safe community (Forbes: 2nd safest in 2011, InsuranceProviders.com: 6th in 2012, Law Street Media: 6th in 2013) Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

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