North Las Vegas to vote on foreclosed property ordinance

Jessica Janner

North Las Vegas to vote on foreclosed property ordinance

CREATED Oct. 17, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The North Las Vegas City Council is getting ready to vote on an ordinance requiring property owners of vacant foreclosed homes to sign up for a registry.

"I think it would be a good idea because it would make the whole neighborhood better and especially our house, since it's right next to it," said Andre Dixson, a North Las Vegas resident who lives next to an eyesore.

"Residents have been asking for us to take care of properties that are deteriorating," said Gregory Blackburn, the city's building official. "We haven't heard anything negative from residents," comments Blackburn in regards to the proposed ordinance.

A registry requirement for abandoned foreclosed homes, many of which are owned by large banks, was first implemented locally by the City of Las Vegas. Roughly 6 months ago, Clark County followed suit.

"[It's] very similar to both those ordinances," said Blackburn.

Vacant but paid-for property would not fall under the ordinance. Blackburn says this is really to tackle the difficulties of dealing with large banks.

Each property owner is required to pay $200 on property needing to register.

"It's going to relieve some of the burden on the general fund (so, taxpayer money)," says Blackburn. "It's going to put the burden on the people that refuse to maintain their properties." 

City Council will vote on the ordinance on Wednesday, Oct. at 6 p.m. at City Hall.