Property Registration Ordinances were a direct result of the housing crisis and their purpose is threefold:
· To ensure that the responsible party of delinquent and/or vacant properties are known by the city/other interested parties and can be reached if necessary;
· To ensure that the responsible party of said properties are aware of the obligations of ownership under relevant codes and regulations; and
· To ensure that the responsible party meet minimum standards of maintenance.
The fee structure established in the ordinance may serve additional purposes, including covering costs incurred by the municipality to deal with vacant properties, and under some circumstances, motivating owners to restore and reuse properties. There are also varying renewal timeframes for these ordinances.