According to city code, a vacant structure that is not secured against entry is considered unsafe.
When abandoned houses remain open and unsecured, they provide opportunities for illegal activities such as prostitution and drug sales. Sometimes vagrants can gain access and burn it down while trying to stay warm in winter months.
Abandoned business also can deteriorate, becoming eyesores and promoting urban blight. Code officers and staff work every day to board up and secure these facilities.
Those who violate the code are subject to fines up to $2,000.