On July 20, 2015, the City Council approved the creation of a Foreclosed and Vacant Property Registry ordinance. The ordinance is designed to maintain current information on who owns foreclosed or vacant properties and therefore who is responsible for their maintenance and upkeep.
The City of St. Marys Foreclosure Registry was established as a means to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through the lack of adequate maintenance and security as a result of properties that are foreclosed or where ownership has been transferred after foreclosure.
Creditors or mortgagees who foreclose on a property are required by law to register the property within (90) days with the City's Code Compliance Officer and pay a fee of $100 or face fines up to $1000. Creditors or mortgagees must designate a local property agent located within the State of Georgia to ensure security, maintenance of the property and compliance with City Code.
The local property agent must have the authority to ensure security and maintenance of the property; comply with code enforcement orders issued by the City; provide a trespass authorization upon request of an enforcement officer; conduct inspections of the property; accept rental payments from tenants, if no management company is otherwise employed; and serve as an agent authorized to receive code enforcement citations and notices pertaining to any court proceeding or administrative enforcement.
To register a property, download and fill out the Foreclosed or Vacant Property Registration Form (in the Document Center on the left), then either email it to Dennis.Blais@stmarysga.gov or print it out and mail or bring it in to the Finance Department along with required fee.
City of St. Marys