Greensboro City Council discussing ordinance changes to clean up problem properties

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro City Council will discuss a proposal to change to its minimum housing and nuisance ordinances Tuesday night.

Right now, the city is only able to order condemned properties be demolished. The proposal would also allow officials to order properties be repaired. The city would also be able to repair properties themselves, then pass the charges along to the owner.

In addition, the proposal would reduce fines from $75 a day to $10 a day, after a $200 civil penalty.

City officials hope these changes will encourage people to spend money repairing their properties rather than paying off accrued fines.

“Our goal is to have every house in Greensboro safe and habitable because we need housing units. Especially affordable units,” said Barbara Harris, neighborhood development director for the City of Greensboro.

The city council will also discuss changing its nuisance ordinance, so it is easier to understand.

If approved, the changes would go into effect immediately.