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Summary: This Tip summarizes our authority relating to seriously deteriorated or dangerous buildings. In general, it is not illegal for a building to be left vacant as long as it complies with the City’s minimum standards for vacant buildings. See Tip 601, Unsafe and Vacant Buildings: SDCI's Inspection Program/SFD's Inspection Program, for more information about regulations affecting vacant buildings. For seriously deteriorated buildings, however, we may go through a process to declare the building “unfit for human habitation or other use” and require the owner to repair or demolish the building.

Date Revised: 08/05/2022

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