A Kansas Senate bill would allow nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity to gain control of such abandoned houses and rehabilitate them before they are beyond repair. Critics, however, worry the measure would unfairly target disadvantaged people who can’t afford to maintain their homes.
The bill would change the definition of abandoned property to include blighted real estate that has been unoccupied for a year. A local government or nonprofit organization could request temporary possession of the property from a district court to use it for housing or public parks.
Current law only allows organizations, and not local government, to request temporary ownership of homes that are two years tax delinquent and vacant for 90 days.
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