It is the purpose and intent of the City to establish a process to address the amount of abandoned real property located within the City. It is the City's further intent to specifically establish an abandoned residential property program as a mechanism to protect residential neighborhoods from becoming blighted through the lack of adequate maintenance and security of abandoned properties.
Ordinance Number 1409 of the City of Lake Mary, Florida, requires that mortgagees of real property shall perform an inspection of the property that is the security for the mortgage, upon default by the mortgagor, prior to the issuance of Notice of Default. If the property is found to be vacant or shows evidence of vacancy, it shall be deemed abandoned and the mortgagee shall, within ten days of the inspection, register the property with the City of Lake Mary Code Enforcement Division.
Mortgagee who holds a mortgage on real property must perform an inspection on the property prior to the issuance of a Notice of Default. If the property is found to be vacant or shows signs of vacancy, it will be considered abandoned and the mortgagee has ten days from the inspection to register the property with the City of Lake Mary Code Enforcement Division. An annual registration form and a fee of $100 are required for each vacant property.
If the property is occupied but remains in default, it shall be inspected by the mortgagee monthly or if the property is vacant or shows signs of vacancy, it shall be considered vacant and the property must be registered with the City of Lake Mary. Any person or corporation that has registered must report any change of information to the City of Lake Mary City Clerk within ten days of the change.
Properties shall be maintained and secured in accordance with the City of Lake Mary Ordinance.
If you have questions, please contact the City of Lake Mary Code Enforcement Office at 407-585-1365. To determine if a property is located within the City limits, contact the City Clerk's Office or email Amber Branton.