A Letter from the City on Dealing with unmaintained homes. If you have a Homeowner's Association, you may also want to contact them.
....Typically, there are three potential courses of action to respond to concerns
that someone has with a neighbor with an unmaintained home:
with the neighbor directly. Sometimes an unmaintained home can
indicate a neighbor in need of assistance, like a senior resident no longer
able to maintain the home. This can be an opportunity to meet
your neighbor and be a neighbor.
2) Connectwith Neighborhood Mediation, http://www.bellevuewa.gov/mediation.htm The
City provides assistance to resolve neighbor to neighbor conflicts or
disputes. If the unmaintained home is causing friction between
neighbors, Neighborhood Mediation can provide a way to help talk things out and
seek a mutually agreeable and voluntary solution to the
3) Reportto Code Compliance, http://www.bellevuewa.gov/reportproblem.htm
Code compliance officers can respond to concerns about litter on private
property, junk vehicles, nuisances, etc. and will follow up to determine
whether or not a home is violating any city codes.
Hope this helps,
Mike McCormick Huentelman
Neighborhood Outreach Manager
City of Bellevue
From Bellevue Essentials 2015
CODE COMPLIANCE AT A GLANCE
The City of Bellevue enforces the standards set for
the community through city codes. Code
Compliance Officers respond to concerns about possible code violations through:
onsite inspections; code research; and consultations with land use planners,
building inspectors, police, other city departments and other enforcement
agencies. Complaints we investigate
include (but are not limited to):
(1) Construction codes—building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical (heat
pumps, ventilation), and clearing/grading work done without required permits. Abandoned
or dangerous (unsafe) buildings.
(2) Zoning andland use. Property-line setbacks,
signs, accessory dwelling units, home businesses, keeping of animals (animal
behavior concerns are handled by King County Animal Control), parking on lawns,
inoperable vehicles, storage of RVs/trailers in driveways, fences, marijuana
processing and retail sales, and single-family dwelling rentals.
(3) Environmental. Critical
areas ordinance. Development work in
wetlands, within shoreline or stream setbacks, on steep (greater than 40%)
slopes. Tree removal and pruning (more
than 25% of live crown requires permit).
NPDES (illicit discharges into storm sewers).
(4) Housing. Uniform
Housing Code requirements (sanitation, ventilation, and habitability in rental
housing). Fair Housing
(non-discrimination in provision of rental housing).
(5) Nuisance. Anti-litter,
vacant residences and abandoned construction sites, shopping carts.
(6) Noise. HVAC
equipment (e.g., heat pumps). Noise from commercial activity (including
property maintenance) in mixed-use zones. Police respond to noise disturbance
complaints, including after-hours construction noise.
FILING A COMPLAINT: Complaints can be filed
---in-person at City Hall
(450—110th Avenue NE)
---by phone (425-452-4570)
---by e-mail (Codecompliance@bellevuewa.gov )
---online (http://bellevuewa.gov/code_compliance_complaint.htm )
---using the MyBellevuemobile device application (see http://www.bellevuewa.gov/mybellevue.htm )
---by U.S. mail: Code
Compliance, City of Bellevue, P. O. Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009
A complaint constitutes a
public record upon submittal to the city, and may be subject to disclosure under
the state Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The Public Records Act requires that
you indicate at the time of the complaint whether you want your name and
contact information to be kept confidential in the event of a public records
request. The city will maintain this confidentiality to the extent allowed
under state law. With limited
exceptions, as a matter of policy Code
Compliance officers generally do not investigate anonymous complaints unless
the reported violations involve serious and imminent threats to
life/health/safety or the environment. Your contact information is requested.
can be a valuable tool to resolve neighbor-to-neighbor disputes, including
complaints about code violations. The City may suggest mediation as an option.
To find out more about the City’s free mediation service, please contact
mediation staff at 425-452-4091.
QUESTIONS? Contact Tom Campbell, Code Compliance Supervisor at425-452-6985 or firstname.lastname@example.org .