Resolving a Guilty Judgment or Notice of Compliance

If you are a home owner that has been found Guilty Judgment or received a Notice of Compliance, you must remediate it and/or paid in full with the recorder of mortgages 30 days after the hearing.

Home owners found guilty of blight at a hearing have the following options to avoid sale of their property:

Within 30 days from the hearing:

  • Clear printed photos showing that all violations have been abated, and photos of the front, rear, and right and left side of the structure.
  • Applicable permit(s) and Certificate of Completion and/or Certificate of Occupancy from the Department of Safety and Permits.
  • Call to confirm a final payoff amount.
  • Payment must be in the form of cashier’s check or money order in the full payoff amount.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS OR CASH will be accepted.

After 30 days from the hearing:

After 30 days, reduction of fines will only be considered upon submission of a completed Lien Reduction Request Form with supporting documentation. A Lien Reduction Application is a form submitted to Code Enforcement requesting that some/all of the fines imposed for public nuisance and blight violations be reduced.  Reduction of fines is considered when the property in question has been brought into full compliance with the City housing code, or will be renovated within 180 days and only when the application is completed in full with supplemental documentation (proof of compliance).

Additional Resources

If you own a property that is under investigation or found guilty, several resources may be of use:

  • City of New Orleans Minimum Property Maintenance Code
  • Permits and Certificates required by the City of New Orleans and how to apply
  • Lien Reduction Requests (click link to download application) - The City of New Orleans is committed to bringing non-compliant properties back into commerce and is continuously seeking and implementing innovative approaches to help realize our shared goal of a clean, safe, and beautiful city. The Code Enforcement and Hearings Bureau is pleased to formally launch the Lien Reduction Program. The Lien Reduction Program provides a streamlined, transparent process for reducing liens on properties which  will be renovated and identifies upfront which liens will be reduced upon a successful renovation, so that prospective buyers can make informed decisions and existing homeowners are further incentivized to make needed repairs. We expect the Lien Reduction program to serve as a vital tool in eradicating blight in the City of New Orleans. For a copy of the Lien Reduction Request form, click the link.
  • Fighting Blight: An Explanation of the Process
  • Hearing Division phone number: (504) 658-5050
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To report a code violation, call 311.
To obtain hearing Information, call (504) 658-5050

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