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The public can register complaints regarding violations by completing the on line complaint form and emailing us or by calling the Code Enforcement Division Office at 850-683-0896. Alternatively, concerned citizens may contact the Growth Management Department at 850-689-1618 or 850-689-1619, ext 255 to register a complaint. The Code Enforcement Division responds to complaints including anonymous complaints from the public.
Notice: All correspondence sent to the Code Enforcement Division, including email is subject to public record laws. Under Florida law, email addresses are public record. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
During the housing boom of 2000 to 2005, homes were bought and then "flipped" for more money, sometimes in a matter of days. However many borrowers could not pay the monthly mortgage payment causing an avalanche of foreclosures. Many borrowers abandoned the properties which lead to a variety of code violations. This trend has heaped more responsibility on Code Enforcement Officers. In some cases an officer may spend several hours attempting to locate a responsible party to achieve compliance. The Code Enforcement Division strives to work as partners with the mortgagees on vacant properties to avoid declining property values in our neighborhoods. The cooperation between Code Enforcement and these companies can provide tremendous help to our neighborhoods during these difficult times.
Florida posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the sixth consecutive month in February, according to Realty Trac’s Foreclosure Market Report for February 2013: One in every 282 housing units with a mortgage had a foreclosure filing during the month - more than three times the national average. A foreclosure in Florida begins when a lender files court action and records a notice of a pending lawsuit (Lis Pendens) against the borrower. In Okaloosa County alone 1,770 Lis Pendens were recorded with the Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts office in 2012. Foreclosures are just one of the many obstacles that Code Enforcement Officers are faced with.
The City of Crestview encourages the creation of homeowners' associations to maintain, conserve and improve established residential neighborhoods. Functions of the neighborhood associations include the following:
- Set standards to maintain the character and general appearance of the neighborhood.
- Employ the city to use its regulatory powers to prevent nonconforming land usages and to eliminate nuisance factors affecting the neighborhood.
- (b) Public nuisances which tend to annoy the neighborhood, depreciate property values, injure public health or are deemed inconsistent with community standards may have a deleterious effect on a neighborhood.