Property Registration

Overview

According to the Codified Ordinances of the City of Youngstown, all rental properties (Chapter 546.11) and vacant properties (Chapter 546.13) in the City are required to be registered annually by the owners. In addition, all foreclosure actions on vacant properties (Chapter 546.13) in the City are required to be registered by the owners and a $10,000 cash bond provided. Fees are assessed for non-compliance. These Ordinances are in place to ensure that every City resident has safe and sanitary housing, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of City residents, to prevent blight, to protect property values, and to avoid the creation and maintenance of nuisance properties.

Rental Properties

As of June 1, 2010, the City Of Youngstown is requiring all rental properties to be registered. Please fill out the Rental Property Registration (RPR) Form for each rented property and return it, along with the fees for each unit, to the Finance Department of the City of Youngstown by October 6, 2010. The fees (as of January 1, 2013) are as follows: $40.00 per single unit property. If you own a multi-unit property, the fees are $40.00 for the first unit plus $25.00 for each additional rental unit that is in that building. Upon completion and return of the form and fees, you will be issued a provisional license.

All properties are subject to inspection. If the property is found to be in compliance with the Rental Property Registration (RPR) ordinance, you will be issued a Rental Property License. Whether you have a Rental Property License or a Provisional License, you will be required to renew the license every year. The renewal fees are the same as those outlined above.

If the property is not in compliance with the Rental Property Registration ordinance upon completion of the inspection, the owner must make repairs and have the rental property re-inspected within 30 days. The cost of re-inspection is forty dollars ($40.00). If after the re-inspection the property is still not in compliance, the owner may be ordered to pay an additional $40.00 per inspection until the property meets the RPR ordinance standards. Any property that does not meet the standards outlined in the RPR ordinance is subject to license denial, revocation, suspension or non-renewal. The penalty fee may be up to $100.00 for units that are rented without a valid rental license or provisional license.

If you own multiple properties or if you need more forms, you can call our office at (330) 742-8833 or you can download forms below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Rental Property Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Vacant Properties

The cost for Vacant Property Registration is $100.00 per property per year. Before a license will be issued, the following conditions must be met:

  • Secure the property – all doors and windows
  • Ensure that the property is free of trash and debris
  • Make sure that the lawn is properly maintained (not longer than 6 inches in height)
  • Make certain the property address is clearly visible

If you do not renew your property by the expiration date stated on your license, you are subject to a fine of up to $50.00 a day for each day your license is not renewed.

The purpose of this program is to help protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens by preventing blight, protecting property values, and avoiding the creation and maintenance of nuisance properties. If a property is For Sale with a licensed Real Estate Agent, it may remain vacant for up to six (6) months without requiring registration.

For more information about Vacant Property Registration, click here.

Vacant Property Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Vacant Foreclosure Properties

Vacant Foreclosure Property FAQ

  1. When did this ordinance take effect? January 2, 2013
  2. What is the purpose of this ordinance? The City of Youngstown is a government entity (a chartered municipality of the State of Ohio) which has the legal authority to exercise its police powers to address problems. It has identified the prevalence of properties which are essentially abandoned by the interested parties and for which it is hard to locate a responsible party as a particular problem. It therefore adopted an expansive definition of “Owner” in its Vacant Property Registry ordinance to hold multiple such entities responsible for ensuring that the property is registered as vacant. In regard to the foreclosure bond requirement on foreclosing entities which are in the process of foreclosing on vacant or abandoned structures, it is addressing an even more problematic practice engaged in by banks which has had a devastating effect on its neighborhoods. That practice is the initiation of foreclosure proceedings on the property owner until the point at which the property owner is driven from the home, and then the foreclosure is dismissed prior to a transfer of title. This practice creates a vacant and abandoned property where one did not exist before. The bank exercises a substantial amount of control over the property during the foreclosure process and must take steps to maintain such properties. A common scenario is that the foreclosing entity drives away the responsible party who was maintaining the home but then fails to assume responsibility for the property itself. They have created an abandoned property which swiftly falls into disrepair which the City is then forced to suffer costs to address. It is this particularly harmful practice that the City was entitled, nay obligated, to respond to by requiring the foreclosing entity to post a cash bond.
  3. What fees are due and payable?
    1. $10,000 cash bond on all foreclosure actions filed on vacant structures or if the structure becomes vacant during the foreclosure process. Should the foreclosing entity fail to maintain the property during the foreclosure process, the City may use the bond funds to take action to maintain the property.
    2. $100 registration fee for a vacant residential structure or a $250 registration fee for a vacant commercial structure.
    3. $200 will be deducted from the $10,000 as an administrative fee.
  4. When is the balance of the cash bond returned? Upon responsible transfer of the property, the foreclosing entity that placed the bond will submit a Foreclosure Bond Refund form requesting the balance owed. All registration fees, administrative fines and/or fees and maintenance costs will be deducted and the balance will be returned. Further, if the property becomes occupied during this period, the foreclosing entity that placed the bond will submit a Foreclosure Bond Refund form requesting the balance owed. All registration fees, administrative fines and/or fees and maintenance costs will be tabulated and the balance will be returned.
  5. If the property is in compliance with the property code, is the bond still required? Yes.
  6. What happens if the vacant property is not registered? The penalty for failing to register a vacant structure is an administrative penalty of $50 per day up to a maximum of $1,000. Additional criminal and administrative penalties also apply for any violations of the Youngstown Property Maintenance Code.
  7. What happens if the Foreclosure Bond is not filed as required? The failure to file a Foreclosure Bond as required by YCO 546.14 is a Misdemeanor of the First Degree. An organization convicted of a Misdemeanor of the First Degree shall be fined $5,000. An individual convicted of a Misdemeanor of the First Degree is subject to up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The minimum fine is $200. Additional criminal and administrative penalties also apply for any violations of the Youngstown Property Maintenance Code.
  8. Who is legally responsible for making the repairs to a vacant property in foreclosure? All owners of a property are jointly and severally liable for the maintenance of the property.
  9. Who is considered an owner of a vacant property? "Owner" means the registered owner of a property, any person who holds legal or equitable title to the property, is a mortgagee, a vendee-in-possession, assignee of rents, executor, trustee, lessee, agent or any other person, firm or corporation that is directly or indirectly in control of a property. The Owner of a property in default or for which a foreclosure action is pending or for which a judgment in foreclosure has been issued shall include the mortgagee, the successor in interest to the mortgagee, the lender or servicing company and any agent acting for the mortgagee, its successors, or a lender or servicing company and any agent acting for the mortgagee, its successors, or a lender or servicing company. Under this definition, there may be more than one "Owner" of a property.
  10. If there are violations on the property will the "owner" be notified or will the City access the funds automatically out of the $10,000 bond? Although it is within the purview of the City to access the $10,000 bond in order to ensure that the property is in compliance with the codes, the Property Code Enforcement Office will first notify the bank that violations exist. If the property is brought up to code within the time line stipulated in the notice, the bond will not be accessed.
  11. What is the mailing address for the forms and payment? A check can be made payable to City of Youngstown and sent to:

    City of Youngstown, Property Code Enforcement/Foreclosures
    26 S. Phelps Street, 5th Floor
    Youngstown, OH 44503

Vacant Foreclosure Property Forms

Contact

Address:
City of Youngstown Property Registration
26 S. Phelps Street, 5th Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503
Office Phone: 330.742.8833
FAX: 330.743.3602
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Name Title/Phone/E-mail
Abigail Beniston Code Enforcement & Blight Remediation Supt.
330.742.8222
abeniston@youngstownohio.gov
Tracy Martin Rental/Vacant/Foreclosure Property Registration Clerk
330.742.8833
tmartin@youngstownohio.gov