What happens when there is a violation? Are there fines or court charges?
The City believes that the best way to resolve a violation is through voluntary compliance, not by immediately sending a violation letter. A Code Enforcement Officer will generally first attempt to meet with or call the owner of a property with a violation and work with them to develop a plan and timetable for compliance. If the owner is financially disadvantaged, the Code Enforcement Officer will attempt to connect the owner with volunteer groups or grant programs if they are available (although grants are typically in short supply).
If the owner refuses to comply, the Code Enforcement Officer will send a Notice of Violation.
Exceptions to this process occur with tall grass and trash violations, which occur in such great numbers and must be addressed so quickly that City staff may not have time to mail, call or visit a property owner. In these cases a notice will be posted on the property.
If the owner refuses to comply with the Notice of Violation, then one of two things will happen:
If the City has the resources to bring the property into compliance (examples are tall grass and trash), the City will do so and invoice the costs to the property owner, along with an administrative fee of $100.
If the City does not have the resources to abate the violation, the City will file charges against the owner through Xenia Municipal Court.

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1. What is the Property Maintenance Code?
2. Why does the City enforce a Property Maintenance Code?
3. How does the City enforce the Property Maintenance Code?
4. What happens when there is a violation? Are there fines or court charges?
5. What is the Community Checkup (proactive enforcement)?
6. How/when does Community Checkup occur?