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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.05 Relocation Policy Part IV

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Chapter 11.05
Relocation Policy

PART IV RELOCATION NOTICES AND ASSISTANCE

Sections:

11.05.110 Notices.
11.05.120 Referrals to replacement properties before displacement.

11.05.110 Notices.

A. Notice of Intent to Acquire. At least ninety (90) days prior to the date that the person will be required to vacate the real property, the Developer shall send a Notice of Intent to Acquire to each person that may be permanently displaced as a result of a Project. At a minimum, the notice shall do the following:

1. Explain that a Project has been proposed and that the Developer intends to acquire the real property therefor;

2. Caution the person not to move before the person receives a notice of eligibility for assistance;

3. Generally describe the relocation payments for which the person may be eligible, the basic conditions of eligibility and the procedures for obtaining the payments;

4. Generally describe the relocation assistance to which such person may be entitled, including referrals to replacement properties, help in filing payment claims and other necessary assistance to help the person successfully relocate and the procedures for the provision of such assistance;

5. Inform the person that (s)he will not be required to move without at least ninety (90) days advance written notice;

6. Provide the name, address and telephone number of the person who will be handling relocation for the Developer;

7. Inform the person of the requirements set forth in Section 11.05.150, to the extent applicable; and

8. Generally describe the appeals procedure as set forth in Section 11.05.100.

B. Eligibility and Vacation Notice.

1. General. No displaced person shall be required to move unless he or she has received at least ninety (90) days advance written notice of: (a) the earliest date by which he or she may be required to vacate the real property; and (b) the person's eligibility for relocation payments and/or assistance.

2. Timing of Notice. The Eligibility and Vacation Notice shall not be given before, but may be given concurrently with, the Notice of Intent to Acquire described in subsection A of this section.

3. Content of Notice. The Eligibility and Vacation notice shall either:

a. State the specific date by which the real property must be vacated; or

b. Specify the earliest date by which the person may be required to move and indicate that the person will receive another notice indicating the specific date by which he or she must move, at least thirty (30) days prior to such date; such notice shall also state whether the person is eligible for relocation payments and/or assistance. The Developer shall include with each such notice a copy of SLDC's appeals procedures.

4. Additional Vacation Notice. If the Developer previously provided an Eligibility and Vacation Notice which did not state the specific date by which the real property must be vacated, the Developer shall provide an additional vacation notice stating the specific date by which the person will be required to vacate the real property at least thirty (30) days prior to such date.

5. Notice Not Required. The Eligibility and Vacation Notice and, if applicable, the Vacate Note described in subsection (B)(4) of this Section need not be issued to a person if:

a. There is no occupied structure and no personal property on the real property;

b. The person makes an informed decision to relocate and vacates the real property prior to the time such notices are to be provided;

c. The person, with full knowledge of his or her right to receive such notices, enters into a negotiated agreement for delivering possession of the real property; or

d. The person does not qualify as a displaced person, as defined in Section 11.05.040(E) of this Policy.

C. Notice of Termination of Intent to Acquire. A Developer can terminate any further obligation to provide the relocation payments and assistance provided herein by providing to each person occupying the real property a notice that it is terminating its intent to acquire such property; provided, however, that if the Developer shall reinitiate negotiations for such real property within one (1) year of such termination, the eligibility of all displaced persons who were eligible for payments and/or assistance at the time of such termination shall resume and the eligibility of any other displaced persons shall be determined with reference to this Policy; and, provided further, that the Developer shall be obligated to pay any documented actual reasonable moving and related expenses incurred by each such person prior to the date of the notice of termination, to the extent such expenses would be eligible for payment under the provisions of this Policy.

D. Manner of Notices. Each notice which the Developer is required to provide to a displaced person under this Policy shall be personally served or sent by certified or registered first-class mail, return receipt requested, and a copy thereof shall be kept in the Developer's files; if notice is sent by certified or registered first-class mail, the notice shall also be sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid. Proof that the notice was so sent shall be sufficient to satisfy the Developer's obligation hereunder, notwithstanding the displaced person's failure to accept the notice sent by certified or registered first-class mail. Each notice shall indicate the name and telephone number of a person who may be contacted for answers to questions or other needed help.
(Ord. 62481 1 Exh. A (part), 1991.)

11.05.120 Referrals to replacement properties before displacement.

A. General. The Developer shall provide reasonable assistance in identifying replacement properties to all displaced persons, including a minimum of three decent, safe and sanitary dwelling referrals to all residential displaced persons, and three suitable replacement referrals to all displaced businesses. The Developer shall use its best efforts to cause the referrals provided to residential displaced persons to consist of comparable replacement dwellings.

B. Time for Referrals. The Developer shall provide the referrals called for herein concurrently with the Eligibility and Vacation Notice described in Section 11.05.110(B).

C. Transportation to Referral Sites. All residential displaced persons shall be offered transportation to inspect the dwellings to which they are referred.
(Ord. 62481 1 Exh. A (part), 1991.)

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