|Requirements for legal action and obstacles
- All code enforcement cases must meet the threshold of the burden of proof for quasi-criminal cases.
- The Neighborhood Preservation Division cannot have bench warrants served outside of the city. Out-of-town property owners who reside outside of the KCMO metropolitan area will receive an Administrative Citation instead of being issued a ticket to appear in court.
- An extensive amount of research much be conducted to determine the most culpable party in regard to property owners, occupants, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, etc.
- Due to the City's internal process, property ownership records can lag behind in being updated from the Jackson County records. For that reason, code enforcement officers must research county records for each case in order to obtain the most current property ownership data. This process is time consuming, but has helped make the Neighborhood Preservation Division's enforcement efforts much more effective.
- Much research time is spent identifying heirs who have never filed in probate court. After these heirs are found, the enforcement process must begin again, holding this new person responsible.