TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Topeka city hopes that a new release of lien program will help residents beautify their properties.
City officials announced on Monday the creation of the privilege release program.
The program affects residents who have a current privilege with the Topeka City Housing Services Division.
The city has provided thousands of rehabilitation loans to residents over the past 40 years. A lien was then placed on the property and over time a partial forgiveness of the loan was granted.
With the new program, city officials say 100% of any loan a resident could have taken out from the Topeka City Housing Services Division will be forfeited if the landlord declares to stay in the residence for at least five year.
According to a press release, the city of Topeka says 80 liens have already been released, returning nearly $ 300,000 to low-income households.
“By removing the lien on the property, we allow people to make improvements to their property using their own funds. It was something that we have been looking at for some time and I am delighted to see it come to fruition, ”said Corrie Wright, Division Director of Housing Services.
The program is only for people with current privileges with the city’s housing services division, and officials say the new policy will apply to future pardon loans.
For more information, contact the Housing Services Division at 785-368-3711.
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