Vacant properties get a lot of attention in large cities, but smaller towns like Bridgeton, N.J., are struggling with the same issue.
To combat it, Bridgeton City Council has approved a rule to require registration and maintenance of vacant properties.
Owners would have to secure the structure of their vacant properties and post a sign with the contact information of the caretaker, according to a News of Cumberland County article. Registration and renewal fees would cover inspections and other city costs.
A new article detailing the process has been added to an existing chapter of the city code.