Five dilapidated homes on Charleston’s West Side are one step closer to being torn down.
Lt. Paul Perdue with the Charleston Police department said, “We are working towards a goal here. We’re working towards something that is going to better the city.”
The process involves several steps. First, an administrative search warrant is signed by a judge. That warrant allows police, fire, and the city’s building department to go inside these homes and access them.
The agencies check for trespassers and take a look at the structural integrity of the abandoned homes.
All of those agencies then present their findings to a judge. If that judge determines that the home needs to be torn down, the homeowner has 30 days to contest. If they don’t contest, it comes down.
“It makes the property look better,” Perdue said. “It brings up property values. It gets rid of a lot of the rodents and other problems that we have in the city.”
Just a few weeks ago in the 100 block of Roane Street a home was town down as a result of this process. The city said it’s an example of multiple agencies coming together to make Charleston a better place to live, work, and play.
Meantime, inside of these five homes checked- no squatters were found inside but four of the five are being submitted to a judge to come down.
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