Probate & Property
Abandoned, houses, residential, neighborhoods, codes, maintenance
This article describes various perspectives on abandoned houses in urban neighborhoods and the reactions from those perspectives. It notes how conflicting reactions perpetuate the crisis of blight for individual residents and their communities. It argues that real solutions for management of abandonment must be based in local communities and tailored to local conditions. Priority must be placed on consistent maintenance in compliance with local housing and neighborhood health, safety and environmental codes. Housing preservation, rehabilitation, reutilization programs will not succeed without improved and sustained maintenance. Localities will need to take the lead in remodeling residential maintenance using new strategies, methods and technologies. Role models for that work are emerging.
Lind, Kermit J., Perspectives on Abandoned Houses in a Time of Dystopia (March 23, 2015). Probate & Property, Vol. 29, No. 2, (March/April 2015) (American Bar Association): pp. 1-9 ; Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 15-283. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2583829