Unpaid taxes, nuisance abatement liens and other official legal notices—all warning signs of a home on the verge of foreclosure—have been added to Las Vegas’s definition of “abandoned residences.”
The Las Vegas Sun reports that the measure has been taken to combat blight and lessen the risk of squatters.
The city has faced increasing amounts of empty homes since the recession. Abandoned homes are not only eyesores, but people use them to deal drugs or take up residence illegally.
City staff said that over the last four or five years, banks have become more reluctant to put homes into default, so these expanded registry will help the city keep banks and other property owners accountable by forcing them to name a property manager responsible for maintenance.