Posted by jafon on April 14, 2006 at 01:59:03:
Go to the Buildings Department or Code Enforcement department and let them know of your intentions to rehab the property. Back up your notice to them with a certified letter return receipt requested. Address one to the Chief Engineer or high ranking officer. Send another to the front desk clerk (the people who do the work). File for a permit to do the rehab work if you can.
Visit the tax office and find out if any tax liens are on property. Find out what arrangements can be made but don’t plop any big money down until you are certain a stop has been put to the demolition.
Also go to the courts and get an “order to show cause”. Serve it on the City, Buildings or Code Enforcement Department, and the contracted company or city department responsible for executing the demolition. This should stay the city action until a hearing is had.
Post a sign giving notice of your actions on the house.
Get that work permit and it will go a long way.
Let me know how things go.