of Toledo Code Enforcement Employees Begin Using New Courtesy
City of Toledo Code Enforcement employees began using a
new courtesy notice for violations on Monday, Jan. 13,
2020, which gives property owners an opportunity to correct
problems before a costly city cleanup or civil penalty.
“The Code Enforcement division will also perform increased
follow-ups with property owners in an effort to reduce
violations by one-third and save residents money,” said Code
Enforcement Commissioner Dennis Kennedy.
The new notices will be posted at occupied properties to alert
residents of property maintenance violations such as abandon
vehicles, tall grass, illegal signs, graffiti, improper bulk
refuse set outs at the curb, or structural issues. Code
enforcement inspectors will conduct a follow-up inspection seven
days later, at which time, a traditional violation notice could
be issued if the problem has not been corrected.
The city has 11 inspectors who issue about 26,000 violations a
About 50 percent of violators respond while the other half are
issued citations or proceed to court. Voluntary compliance with
the courtesy notice program may reduce the number of cleanups
that must be performed by the city and cut reinspection costs by
thousands of dollars by the end of the year.
“Community groups and property owners asked for us to make this
change, and implement a new courtesy notice because many times
we have issued a citation for a problem the property owner was
not previously aware of,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Many times people
say: ‘why didn’t you just tell me about this before giving me a
ticket?’ We think this will reduce code violations because we
believe people truly want to be compliant with the code but they
may be unaware of violations on their properties.”