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For Immediate Release:
December 03, 2013
Media Contact:
Melonie Burke

Property owners in District 2 will be granted an extended compliance period for building code and zoning violations

Miami-Dade property owners in a designated area of District 2 who have building code and zoning violations will receive a grace period to bring their properties up to code without heavy fines from the County.

Today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime to grant an extended compliance period for property owners with civil penalties and liens resulting from Miami-Dade Building Code and Zoning violations, provided they use the temporary reprieve to bring their property into compliance.  Approximately 600 property owners within the area generally bounded by NW 27th Avenue to NW 37th Avenue, and NW 92nd Street to NW 106 Street have been cited with violations and 200 of those cases remain open.

“Due to complaints made by a property owner in this area who was previously cited, 200 of my residents still remain affected with heavy fines and liens,” said Commissioner Monestime.  “I’ve had residents come into my office in tears because they simply cannot afford to pay the penalties that are piling up on their property. They want to fix these violations, but in this economy, where are people going to get the money to do that?  I thank my colleagues for their support today in my effort to provide help for my constituents.” 

The ordinance stipulates that all liens and penalties will be waived during the extended compliance period, provided property owners meet the following requirements: 

1)      Entry into and compliance with a consent agreement with the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. 

2)      A permit is issued to correct all Code violations within the Extended Compliance Period.

3)      The structure is brought into compliance with the Code within the period provided in the Building Code for completion of the work under the permit obtained within the extended compliance period.

4)      All direct costs of the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources associated with prior enforcement in connection with the structure, as documented by the Building Department, shall be satisfied in full.

For more information about the ordinance, please contact Commissioner Monestime’s office at 305-694-2779.