Take care of your property.
This starts with meeting the minimum standards for properties set forward by the Toledo Municipal Code (TMC). Violations can result in fines, or property owners being invoiced for time to resolve the issue. More importantly, well maintained properties make your neighbors happy and improve the quality of your neighborhood. Here are some common code violations you should brush up on.
Keep all grass mowed to the edge of street or alley. Grass must be kept shorter than 8 inches.
Abandoned or unsafe buildings
Buildings must be maintained regardless of whether or not they are occupied. This includes sealing doors and windows, removing visible junk and debris, and ensuring the structure is not in a condition that could cause harm to anyone. Buildings deemed unsafe are subject to condemnation and demolition.
Vacant properties should be registered to the Vacant Residential Building Registry within 30 days of vacancy. The property owner will be responsible for a $200 yearly fee for every year the building remains on the registry.
Trash and illegal dumping
Keep all outdoor areas clean and clear of debris, trash, and prohibited items including couches, TVs, etc. The only items that should be kept outside are usable lawn furniture, pool equipment, bikes and toys, grills, and trash bins.
Fences must be properly maintained by the property owner. If a fence is in need of repair, you may need a permit. Please contact the Division of Building Inspection for more information about permits.
Take pride in your neighborhood
Encourage your neighbors to follow suit.
If you notice something isn't right on your neighbors property, a simple conversation can create motivation to change.