Property Maintenance Laws in the City of Tulsa

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Neglected Vacant Property

The City of Tulsa adopted Title 24A in July 2010, which requires owners of “neglected vacant properties” to register their property ($50 registration fee) to assign a local contact (e.g. Realtor), disclose if the property is for sale, and declare the plans for the property:

  • to be demolished (include demolition plan)
  • to remain vacant ($500 annual fee if remaining in “neglected” status)
  • to be returned to normal occupancy or use (must submit rehabilitation plans, to be completed within 12 months, with progress milestones every 4 months)

City of Tulsa’s information page, with links to the Registration Form and the law.

Minimum Property Maintenance Standards

The City of Tulsa requires certain minimum property maintenance, whether vacant or occupied. Here are some highlights from the City’s information page:

  • Broken windows – All windows must be maintained in an operable manner and water tight condition.
  • Accessory Structures: All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences, and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in compliance with Title 55.
  • Stairs and porches: Every stair, porch, fire escape, balcony, and all accessories attached shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the anticipated loads and shall be maintained in sound condition and good repair.

Another good one to know: the lawn shouldn’t be taller than 12-inches (1 foot).

Reporting Violations

Anyone can report a violation online on the City of Tulsa’s website. You’ll need the property address and submissions are not anonymous.

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