City Council to Vote on Blighted Property Registry

City Council to Vote on Blighted Property Registry

The deadline for Memphis City Council to pass the registry proposal, aimed at cleaning up blight and holding property owners responsible, is right around the corner.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The deadline for Memphis City Council to pass the registry proposal, aimed at cleaning up blight and holding property owners responsible, is right around the corner.

The ordinance has two parts. The "Real Property Registry" will ensure that important legal documents sent from the city reach the true owner of the property. The registry is for houses, condos and businesses.

The "Vacant Property Registry" would require the mortgage holder to register the property.

Mayor A C Wharton and other city leaders say the ordinance is an important tool to keep property values up and crime down.

"If we don't know who they are how can we give them notice their property is need of repair?," asked Wharton. "We've got to have an easy way to find out who owns or who has legal interest in the property."

The city council is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday. If passed, Memphis would be the first city in Tennessee to adopt a vacant property registry.

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