New Kansas City Law Has No Teeth … Just Like This Old Toothless German Shepherd

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Abandoned houses that are left unkempt and littered with trash are problematic for many neighborhoods in Kansas City and Independence. A new law, Senate Bill 111, will help these cities find those irresponsible homeowners. The homes are eyesores: ugly, dangerous, and magnets for vagrants. According to city officials, Kansas City has more than 16,000 of them.

The new law requires property owners in Kansas City and Independence to provide the name and address of a real person. Wood said more than 3,300 abandoned properties in Kansas City are owned by LLCs, which are hard to track down for code violations.  Some homes in the area are owned by LLCs in Las Vegas and in Australia.

Sure … provide notice of problems. The best way to solve the problem is huge fines … abatement … liens …. condemnation … and tax sales of the properties. The city has 16,000 property problems and Senate Bill 111 will not cure the problem. The city needs a dog that has some teeth. The homeowners don’t want to be found and when they are found they will not take an action to cure the problem. Problems are not cured even when the city is in contact with homeowners.

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