OAKLAND -- Homeowners with blighted property can get a waiver on fines, penalties and interest through Nov. 30, the city announced this week.
The Blight Amnesty Program requires that people pay the original fees associated with the blight violation. But other fees for inspections as well as fines, penalties and interest will be waived. Applicable liens would be removed after requirements are met.
To be eligible, a property owner must have received a blight abatement notice after July 1, 2006 and have since cleaned up the blight. The property also had to be occupied by the owner at the time of the abatement notice, city officials said.
Homeowners who have received a mortgage notice of default and can document that unpaid liens are creating financial hardships contributing to potential foreclosure are also eligible for the program. The owner must clean up the blight and pay the original fees by Nov. 30.
Applications for the program are available at the inspections counter at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor or by mailing a request to Blight Amnesty Program, building department, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland 94612. For more information, call the program coordinator at 510-238-2011 or send an email to email@example.com.