There is an article in today's Star Tribune titled He can't fix it, flip it or even own it
that is capturing a lot of attention not only from my peers in real estate and clients, but a lot from the looks of the comments on startribune.com.
While I agree that if Mr. Dick is willing, able and capable of fixing the property then the City of St. Paul should probably allow it. Albeit, it sounds like he has experience in the rehab game and should know the rules to the game. Rules, no matter how ridiculous they may seem, you still need to play by them when buying these types of properties. Many Cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, have made rules to the buying and selling game in a move to put pressure on banks to take care of their problem properties and for buyers to understand their responsibilities once they take ownership of the property.
The City of St. Paul has three categories of vacant buildings. This property in question is a Category 3 Registered Vacant Building. For the sale of a Registered Vacant Category 3 Building in the City of St. Paul to take place one of three certificates must be obtained. 1. Certificate of Occupancy, or 2. Certificate of Code Compliance, or 3. Fire Certificate of Occupancy.