Housing and Building Code Enforcement and Vacant Properties: An Analysis of Legal and Policy Tools Available in Columbus, Georgia

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In June of 2019, the Columbus Land Bank Authority (“CLBA”) retained the Center for Community Progress (“Community Progress”) to 1) review existing Georgia statutes, the local Columbus Code,10 and Columbus code enforcement policies and practices related to vacant and deteriorated properties, 2) offer observations and recommendations focused on enforcement of housing and building code liens, and 3) assess the viability of utilizing the CLBA to receive and dispose of properties acquired by the Columbus Consolidated Government through lien foreclosure or some other means.