Vacant Property Registration FAQs
Q: Does Safeguard handle the vacant property registration (VPR) process?
A: Yes, Safeguard has a process in place to handle the registration process on behalf of our clients. In general, we need a limited power of attorney to allow us to act on our clients’ behalf. We charge a fee for this service, in addition to any registration fees that are applicable.
Q: Can Safeguard register my properties on MERS®?
A: Yes, Safeguard will complete electronic registration on the MERS® database where applicable. This generally eliminates the need for hard copy registration, depending on the individual municipalities’ requirements.
Q: How does Safeguard know which areas require registration?
A: Safeguard maintains a matrix of cities, counties, and states that have enacted or proposed Vacant Property Registration Ordinances. The entries are tracked regularly for changes in status and/or requirements. Information is gathered from Internet research, client updates, and direct communication with code enforcement officials. Copies of the actual ordinances and registration forms are available on the matrix.
Q: What happens when the properties are sold and then need to be de-registered?
A: Safeguard can de-register the properties when we are notified that they have sold or are otherwise no longer under the control of our clients.