The complaint requests owners to renovate their property for the benefit of the community or risk losing their rights to the Detroit Land Bank Authority. Through a lawsuit, NAP gives owners the opportunity to enter into an agreement to abate the nuisance, the preferred method, or to oppose the suit in court. A default judgment that allows transfer of title to the Detroit Land Bank Authority is granted against owners who choose to not respond.
On April 17, 2014, the 1st lawsuit was filed against 25 vacant and abandoned properties that were in dire need of renovation. Since then, NAP has:
- Filed over 215 complaints consisting of 3892 vacant properties in 12 different community project areas.
- Entered into 1598 agreements with property owners.
- Received 1373 default judgments due to owners failing to respond to the lawsuits, with the first judgment occurring on June 6, 2014.
Each complaint, agreement, and judgment is a significant stride towards building a better Detroit – a community safe for children to play, to learn, and to grow.
On July 1, 2014, the NAP program expanded to include properties that are a nuisance due to illegal drug activity. When a search warrant is executed and drugs are found in the premises that information is forwarded to the NAP program. A warning letter is sent to the owner of the property after the first search warrant and the transfer of property may occur if drug nuisance is not abated; if a second warrant finds drugs, a case is filed using the same procedures as used for abandoned property.