Document the vacant/nuisance properties in our area, and what problems, if any, we’ve had with them. What is the status on properties near you? Please help flesh out this list. We can clean up these properties one at a time, if we all take on a property near us.
Visit the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ Web site for Vacant Properties:
Steps to take for a nuisance property near you:
- See if the property near you is listed in the DCRA Real Property Sales Database as Vacant: https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Results.jsp or the Real Property Assessment Database at https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Search.jsp?search_type=Assessment
- Email DCRA to file a report if a Vacant Property is not accurately listed. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When you do this, DCRA usually sends you an email within a week or so to tell you that they are in receipt of your complaint. They will give you a phone number and maybe a person to follow up with. A number I have is 202-442-4332. You MUST follow up repeatedly.
- If its helpful and possible, meet with the inspector when he comes and tell him first hand the problems the property is causing.
With these steps, I’ve tackled a few vacant properties in my surroundings with success. Please keep us updated on what’s happening with properties near you.