MANTECA -- Those who neglect their vacant homes could face fines of as much as $1,000 a day here when new city rules take affect next month.
The City Council voted 4-0 Monday for final approval of a set of ordinances requiring homeowners to keep up their properties after they move out, according to City Clerk Joann Tilton. The rules are aimed at a growing number of homes left vacant by foreclosure and ne- glected by companies who take possession of them.
The new rules require that the homes be secured in a way that meets city standards. They also require yard maintenance on homes built after 1993. If owners don't comply, the new rules give the city the right to hire contractors and bill owners.
As of Oct. 1, Police Chief Charles Halford counted 800 homes as being in some stage of foreclosure in the city, with 300 already owned by banks.
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The rules received unanimous support from all five council members when they were introduced last month. Mayor Willie Weatherford was absent from the meeting Monday. The rules are set to take effect during the second week of December.
Ripon is working on similar rules.