Minimum Housing & Condemnations

  1. FAQs
  2. Ordinances

1)  If Pasco County demolished the property, does that mean they own it?

No. Although  Pasco County demolished the property it is still owned by the property owner as listed with property appraiser. 

 2) How do I buy a property Pasco County demolished?

 Pasco County does not own the property. You must get in contact with the current owner/bank.

3) How long does it take to demolish a property once it is condemned?

There is a due diligence process of 45-60 days. This allows for necessary research and legal notices, along with other processing. 

4)    If I buy a condemned property can I fix it?

New owners of the condemned property can submit an appeal request, with required documents and appeal fee.

5)      What happens if my appeal is denied?

If the Deputy Building Official denies the appeal, the magistrate will order a Jurisdictional Demolition. The property owner will then have 30 days to remove and clear the property.

6)      How much is a Jurisdictional Demolition Permit?

Permit cost are $ 129.00 if there is 1 structure on the property, and $ 20.00 for each additional mandated structure to be removed.

 7)      I am looking to buy a condemned property. Does the Condemnation go away since I was not the owner at the time of Condemnation ?

No. Condemnation remains on the property and transfers to the new owners.

8)      If a house has numerous code violations, why won’t Pasco County Condemn the property?

Pasco County has legal criteria that a property must meet in order for the property to be Condemnable. For code violations, reach out to Code Enforcement (727) 847-8171 for further assistance.

9)      How is Pasco County paying for condemnations?

Tax payer dollars are not used. The slum and blighted program is funded only with Federal Grants. 

10)   Why is a property condemned? What  defines a condemnation?

Chapter 79 - DEMOLITION OF SLUM OR BLIGHTED STRUCTURES:

Sec. 79-2. - Criteria for demolition.

In determining whether a structure should be demolished, the building official or a licensed building inspector working under the supervision of the building official must find the structure or its systems or improvements meet the definition of:

a)      A blighted structure or condition;

b)      A slum structure or condition;

c)      An unsafe or uninhabitable structure;

d)      Destroyed" or sustaining "major damage" under the currently-effective FEMA Damage Assessment Operations Manual

Blighted structure or condition means a structure in which conditions endanger life or property or are leading to economic distress:

The structure, or a portion thereof, as a result of decay, deterioration, or dilapidation is likely to fully or partially collapse.

The structural parts have become so dilapidated, decayed, or deteriorated, or there is an unusual sagging or leaning out of plumb of the building or any part thereof caused by deterioration or over-stressing of the structure or structural parts, that the structure is manifestly unsafe.