Rep. McCaslin’s nuisance abatement cost recovery bill signed into law

Rep. Bob McCaslin's bill allowing cities to recover a portion of the funds spent cleaning up abandoned properties was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Under House Bill 2519, cities will now be able to recover as much as $2,000 of the costs incurred while removing nuisances (trash, abandoned furniture, rodent infestations, etc.) that threaten public health or safety. Some cities are spending tens of thousands of dollars on nuisance abatement each year.

“It's important our cities not be entirely on the hook for removing these nuisances, and that they can recover a portion of the funds so they can be allocated for other important government services,” said McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley. “This is a good bill that will help our cities and restore property values in many of our neighborhoods.”

Cities follow a rigorous due process approach when going to court to do abatement. Cities must: prove that a nuisance exists; obtain a court order for the abatement; conduct abatement; and then go back to court, show the costs of abatement, and get approval to recover the costs. Advance notice is provided to property owners and tenants throughout the process.

McCaslin's bill passed the House 76-21 and the Senate 48-0. It goes into effect later this year.


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