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Property Maintenance and Code Enforcement

In 1995, the Hastings City Council adopted a property maintenance ordinance which provides a practical method to regulate the maintenance and use of existing properties within the City of Hastings.  The purpose of the ordinance is to protect, preserve and promote public health, safety and welfare.

In early 2012, a task force comprised of city staff from a variety of departments reviewed the Hastings Code Enforcement Ordinances and procedures used to deal with violations of the Property Maintenance Codes. One key finding from the series of meetings was that some violations take too long to mitigate.

Staff reviewed violation notification procedures and legal requirements focused on the most direct means of ensuring compliance with City property maintenance laws. The findings of the task force and a series of recommendations were presented to the Hastings City Council in March. The City will now employ a streamlined process of notice, monitoring, and enforcement procedures that will result in criminal liability in case of noncompliance. The new plan also creates abatement protocols whereby the City will implement violation abatement and assess all costs back to the property owner.

"The goal of this effort is to get voluntary compliance with City building codes and maintenance laws," said Hastings City Administrator David Osberg. "We regard enforcement as a necessary strategy to address non-compliance within a reasonable timeframe," he added

"It is important that residents take responsibility for maintaining their property, said Tom Bakken, Building Official for the City of Hastings. “Unsightly yards, homes in disrepair, and old vehicles and equipment stored on-site not only reduces the value of that particular property, but reflects poorly on adjacent homeowners and the community," Bakken further noted.

"Whether commercial or residential, property maintenance is every owner's responsibility and important to the City's long-term stability and livability," stated Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks.

Reporting property maintenance or nuisance concerns can be difficult, especially if it concerns a neighbor. Residents who are uncomfortable discussing concerns with a neighbor or who have a neglected vacant home in their neighborhood, can call the Code Enforcement Division at 651-480-2376 to report property maintenance issues.    

Residents who would like to notify the City of a problem property in their neighborhood can download a Property Maintenance Complaint Form to fill out and submit or call the Code Enforcement Division at 651-480-2376.

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