We hate to say it depends on the type of complaint, but that is the correct answer. A High Grass complaint or a junk vehicle complaint may take from three (3) to four (4) weeks. However, if the owner contests the Notice of Violation and requests a Court Hearing, the timeline may be significantly extended.
Even if the owner does not request a Court hearing, a junk vehicle on private property requires an Abatement Order signed by a Judge before the junk vehicle may be removed.
I thought the owner only has ten (10) days to comply?
That’s correct. However, if the owner does not voluntary comply an Abatement Order is required to force compliance on private property with all complaints except high grass. This extends the ten (10) days significantly.
For example: In the event of a high grass complaint that does not require an Abatement Order, after the ten (10) days, the property is placed on the abatement list for notification to the contractor, the contractor is notified [weekly or bi-weekly], and then, weather permitting, mows the property.
If the complaint involves a substandard structure and is contested by the owner the court proceedings alone may take from two (2) to three (3) years to obtain a resolution before demolition may begin.