We have a house that has been vacant for about 7 years on our block. It has not been a problem until recently. It has never been offered for sale or rent. It was kept sealed until recently when someone removed the doors and began to strip it. I have called the city three times about it, and no one has been out to secure it. The owners have an address in San Antonio, TX. They have not paid real estate taxes since at least 2008. I have thought about writing them a letter suggesting that they try to return the property to the city in exchange for tax leniency. Is this possible?
The problem with this vacant property is that now the property next door (also vacant but maintained by a real estate company) has been broken into. The maintenance man who came to fix it says those people breaking into vacant houses are starting to do it in the winter (when he and other maintenance people got a break from that). I found the door for the second property in the garage of the first. I helped him carry it back and his partner screwed it back in the frame. The door had not been damaged because the vandals broke a window, and unscrewed the hinges.
A rumor in the neighborhood is that someone involved in the ownership of the home was an independent businessman and was accused by the state of Ohio of not paying the proper amount of state income tax. Could this keep the property from being sold until that is satisfied, and could that also keep it from being turned over to the city or county. This piece of land is becoming a real pain in the block.