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Enforcement of City Code on vacant or foreclosed, blighted, unsecured or abandoned structures


Noncompliance with City Ordinances regarding vacant registration or Vacant, Foreclosed, Blighted, Unsecured or Abandoned structures shall render the owner liable to code enforcement action, in accordance with F.S. ch. 162 and Chapter 2, Article V of City Code, especially Section 2-314.

In the event that the mortgagee or owner fails to adhere to the requirements of this article, the city, as per F.S. ch. 170, may take measures to secure or arrange for the securing of blighted, unsecured, or abandoned structures, undertaking all necessary repairs to bring the property into compliance. The violator shall be held responsible for the reasonable repair expenses, in addition to any fines imposed under this article. The performance of such repairs does not create an ongoing obligation on the part of the local governing body to conduct further repairs or maintain the property. Furthermore, it does not establish any liability against the local governing body for damages to the property, provided the repairs were carried out in good faith.

In the event that the city undertakes or initiates work, the enforcement officer shall maintain a detailed record of the incurred expenses and their associated costs, notifying the property owner accordingly. If the owner fails to settle the statement within ten days of receiving the notice, interest shall commence accruing annually at the statutory rate until the outstanding amount is paid in full.

Costs resulting from any work conducted by the city pursuant to this section, as well as any service charges, interest, and legally imposed penalties, shall constitute a lien against the real property in which the violation has occurred. This lien shall take effect upon the notice of recordation in the official county records, as authorized by F.S. ch. 162. These liens can be enforced using any legally permissible method, including foreclosure. In any action taken to enforce such a lien, the city shall be entitled to recover all reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney's fees.

The City of Palatka Municipal Code can be found here

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