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(a) The Director may grant an exemption from the requirement in Section 26-22 for any real property that is:
(1) in compliance with 26-22(a) and the property owner has been actively seeking in good faith to rent or sell the property if:
(A) the time period for sale or rent does not exceed 1 year from the initial listing, offer, or advertisement of sale or rent of a residential building; and
(B) the building has a valid certificate of occupancy;
(2) for a period not to exceed 12 months, the subject of a pending application for a necessary approval for development before the Planning Board, Board of Appeals, or Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings; or
(3) for a period not to exceed 24 months, the subject of a probate proceeding.
(b) The cumulative time period that a vacant dwelling may be exempted from this Article must not exceed 3 years.
(c) An application for an exemption must be made on a form the Director prescribes.