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The following terms shall apply to this chapter as written unless context indicates or requires different meaning:
EVIDENCE OF VACANCY. Any condition that on its own, or combined with other conditions present, would lead a reasonable person to believe that the property is vacant. Such conditions may include, but shall not be limited to, overgrown and/or dead vegetation; unshoveled snow from sidewalks; accumulation of newspapers, circulars, flyers and/or mail; past due utility notices and/or disconnected utilities; accumulation of trash, junk and/or debris; boarded-up windows; abandoned vehicles, auto parts or materials; the absence of window coverings such as curtains, blinds and/or shutters; the absence of furnishings and/or personal items consistent with habitation or occupancy; statements by neighbors, passersby, delivery agents or utility agents, including city employees, that the property is vacant.
OWNER. The person or legal entity who has legal title and/or the right to possess, use, transfer or convey property, i.e., the owner or successor to title by foreclosure, sheriff's sale or by court order.
VACANT PROPERTY. A lot, property, building, or structure that is not legally or currently occupied. Vacant property does not mean property that is temporarily unoccupied while the residents are away on vacation, tending to personal matters or business, or property that is not intended by the owner to be left vacant.
(Ord. 19-005, passed 4-22-19)