Vacant Property Owners Will Have to Register

The Charleston City Council voted this week to make owners of vacant property register those properties with the city. Places that have been empty for more than six months will have to be registered, and if it's vacant for more than a year the property owner will have to pay a fee that will increase for each year it's vacant. The city's Strong Neighborhoods Task Force and council's Planning Committee both endorsed the ordinance before it was passed by the full council.