No vacancies – DeKalb launches property registry

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 5, 2014
Screen shot of a public service announcement for DeKalb County's Vacant Property Registry.

Screen shot of a public service announcement for DeKalb County’s Vacant Property Registry.

DeKalb County announced the creation of a Vacant Property Registry to combat what interim CEO Lee May calls “a breeding ground for criminal activity.”

According to the public announcement from the county, property owners are required to register a vacant property within 90 days of vacancy. A press release from the county says owners must also “provide the County with official contact information for party responsible for bringing the vacant property into compliance.” It costs $100 to register and owners who don’t register could face fines up to $1,000, the county says.

“Run down and unchecked vacant properties are an eyesore, a nuisance, and a breeding ground for criminal activity,” May said in the press release. “This gives us another tool to stabilize and restore our neighborhoods.”

Owners can learn more about registering their property by visiting: 

For more information, send an email to or call (404) 371-2289

DeKalb County also filmed this public service announcement. Please note that some of the information in this video differs from what’s on the county’s website. The information above comes directly from the website.

According to the video, Residents can report a vacant property by sending an email to or calling 404-687-3700


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