The Real Deal Miami

Law takes aim at vacant properties

October 23, 2008 10:33AM

Miami commissioners altered the city code to give officials more leverage in dealing with dilapidated and neglected properties, setting up a fee schedule and registration requirements to deal with the increasing number of abandoned structures in the city. Code Enforcement Director Mariano Loret de Mola said a survey shows more than 900 vacant properties now lay within city limits, and 62 properties should be demolished. Commissioner Tomas Regalado said the number would rise. Miami will require registration of vacant, blighted, unsecured or abandoned structures on a fee scale ranging from $250 to $1,000.