Derelict structures; locality authorized to impose fee on record owner. (SB163)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Derelict structures. Authorizes a locality, by ordinance, to impose on the record owner of a derelict structure, a fee not to exceed the lesser of $2,500 or 15 percent of the most recently assessed value of the derelict structure and the land upon which the structure is situated if such owner or owners fail to (i) respond in writing within 30 days from the date notice declaring such structure derelict is sent with an abatement or removal plan to be completed within a reasonable time or (ii) abate or remove the derelict structure within the time prescribed in a plan for abatement or removal which has been approved by the locality. Also, a locality may provide that any owner or owners of such derelict structure who fail to (i) respond to a notice in writing with an abatement or removal plan or (ii) abate or remove the derelict structure as prescribed in an approved plan, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $2,500. The bill also allows a locality to abate or remove the derelict structure should the owner fail to act; the cost of which shall be a lien on the property. The bill defines derelict structure. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083020260
01/07/2008Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/05/2008Passed by in Local Government with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Continued to 2009 in Local Government (14-Y 0-N)
02/05/2008Subject matter referrred by letter to Housing Commission pursuant to Senate Rule 20 (L)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1119.