Commissioner Sosa advances legislation extending homeowner "Amnesty Program" for building code violations
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA) – On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa extending by one-year an “Amnesty Program” providing homeowners with relief from civil penalties and liens for building code violations.
“Our duty, as public servants, is to encourage compliance with the Building Code,” expressed Commissioner Sosa. “By recognizing that we are not a profit-focused enterprise, we can offer homeowners an opportunity to invest their hard earned money towards bringing their home up to code rather than paying penalties and liens.”
The Amnesty Program has afforded over 1,800 homeowners an opportunity to achieve full compliance with the Building Code saving Miami-Dade County taxpayers approximately $16 Million. The program, administered by the Miami-Dade County Regulations and Environmental Resources Department, will now expire July, 2016.
“We are helping the families of Miami-Dade County turn blighted properties into safe, beautiful homes that enhance our neighborhoods and increase property values,” concluded Commissioner Sosa.