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Types of City Liens

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Code Liens

Code liens are for blighting and maintenance issues. Examples include high grass and weeds, open storage, inoperative vehicles, and mold/mildew.

Vacant Property Registration (VPR) Liens

VPR liens are for blighting, maintenance, and improper registration of vacant homes. Upon the filing of a lis pendens and/or any action to foreclose upon a mortgage or similar instrument, all mortgagees must register with the City.

Building Liens

Building liens are for work done without proper permits. Examples include AC change out without permit or porch addition that has electric but no electric permit.

Nuisance Abatement Liens

Nuisance abatement liens are assessed whenever the city council agrees there is an immediate threat to life, limb, health, welfare, or property. Examples include a dilapidated roof, falling pool enclosure, or abandoned vandalized property.

Unimproved Real Property Liens

Unimproved real property liens (vacant lot liens) are liens for the clearing of a vacant lot. Vacant lots that are adjacent to a residential dwelling must not allow vegetative matter to grow to a height of more than 24” within 10’ of the side and rear lot lines.

Delinquent Utility Usage Liens

Utility usage liens are for regular water and sewer usage that has gone unpaid and accumulated over $500.

Utility Capital Charge Liens

Utility capital charge liens are for the hookup of residential or commercial properties to City water, sewer, or both. The cost of this hookup can be amortized through a 10 year interest free loan which becomes the utility capital charge lien.

Contractor’s License Liens

Contractors license liens are for contracting work done without a contractor’s license. An example includes someone installing AC systems without an AC license.

Community Services Liens

Community service liens are from the SHIP or NSP program the City offers to first time home buyers. The City offers to pay a defined amount of the mortgage providing the residents meet certain criteria. This amount is recorded as a lien so if the residents fail to meet the criteria the amount must be paid back.