How far gone does a house have to be to get condemned?

@BarBaraPrz (24289)
St. Catharines, Ontario
March 6, 2007 6:48pm CST
Does anyone have any idea as to how badly maintained a house has to be before the city condemns it and what happens to the property if the resident owner(s) can't afford to repair it? Does the city compensate them in any way or are they s.o.l.?
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Houses can be condemned for anything that constitutes hazard to health or saftey. Such as septic tank overflows, not up to code wiring or plumbing. Leaky roofs for long periods of time that cause wood to rot. Usually the building inspector has to make the final verdict and he will do a thorough inspection of the property. Depending on whether people are living in the home or not, it may just be declared uninhabitable until repairs or made. If the owner can't afford repairs then the house just deteriorates further until it is declared a hazard and put off limits. Best thing to do if you can't afford the repairs is to stop paying the taxes and let the town seize it.If you pay taxes and retain ownership then you would be responsible for paying for demolition. That is the way it works here, but usually people try not to let their houses get that bad.
@BarBaraPrz (24289)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
20 Apr 07
Thanks for responding. My brother-in-law told me once about someone he knew of that had their house condemned and the city gave them money for a new house. It was a different city than the one I live in, and I only have his say on it (not that I'm calling him a liar or anything, but he could have heard or was told it wrong).
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• United States
20 Apr 07
It may have been a case where the city took the house by imminent domain and helped them relocate. A city can take a property as long as they pay a fair price for it, the property may have been where the city needed to build a firestation or something like that.
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@BarBaraPrz (24289)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
20 Apr 07
That may have been it, but he did say the place was "falling down".
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@jchampany (1131)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I really don't know but I have wondered this same thing myself. Here in SoCal they are doing alot of building. There are alot of really old houses that not even anyone is living in anymore but still they sit. I wonder if they will start tearing them down and building new ones there.
@BarBaraPrz (24289)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
20 Apr 07
Thanks for responding. I suppose I could ask someone down at City Hall, but I'm afraid they'd inspect MY place and condemn it under me, and leave me high and dry. :o( Now, if there was some sort of compensation/relocation fund, I wouldn't mind so much but I'd hate to leave my garden. @}-;--
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