Derelict Homes--How to Take Action
- First, to find out who owns the home, visit the website of the Pima County Assessor: http://www.asr.pima.gov. Click "advanced search," enter the address and click "search address." Then, you can click on the parcel number to get details about the property, including who pays the taxes.
- Then, to find out if crime happens at the home's address, go to the Tucson Police Department's website, where you can view crimes statistics online: http://tpdinternet.tucsonaz.gov/stats/. Use the "Interactive Crime Statistics Search" to search by address. This tells you about incidents that were investigated by police.
- If the house’s yard is loaded with weeds and junk, you can visit the City of Tucson's housing and community development department, code enforcement division for more information: http://pdsd.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd/code-enforcement. Homes can only be boarded up for six months. There is an exception to this if it involves safety; for example, if the home had been boarded up after a fire. You can file an online complaint about the house on this web site. Once you file the complaint an inspector will come out.
- For complaints related to abandoned or vacant buildings call (520) 791-5843
“Who do you ask to take action on derelict homes?” Arizona Daily Star. February 28, 2010. Page B6.