Moline addressing housing issues


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Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 12:49 am
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
MOLINE -- The city is addressing housing issues through its rental inspections program, code enforcement and demolitions.

A report was given to the Moline City Council on Tuesday on the Rental Housing Inspections Program and Neighborhood Improvement Program, both of which operate within the city's law department.

City attorney Maureen Riggs said Moline acquired five properties through court action in 2012, with each sold to contractors or individuals who have or who are renovating the properties.

The city sold the five properties for a total of $83,900. Once improvements are complete, the value of the properties will be much greater, she said.

She said a home the city acquired at 933 32nd Ave. A had been a problem for 10 years. The city sold it to a contractor for $52,000. It was renovated from top to bottom, she said, and recently was appraised for $137,500.

The city has 530 rental properties, Ms. Riggs said, with 125 rental housing inspections completed in 2012. Most properties hold an "A" or "B" rating, the top two ratings, she said.

Last year, the city took 150 cases to the Municipal Code Enforcement System and received $101,530 in judgments against non-compliant property owners. But Ms. Riggs said the city's goal is not the fine but to have the property brought into compliance.




















 



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