Are there any laws in USA (state of fed) that require buildings or houses that are uninhabitable to be destroyed to make room for new ones?


If such laws exists, why not raze down the buildings and houses in bad houses so that new ones can be built when the resources are available? I have seen a lot of them around Detroit and Chicago. 

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Not that I am aware of. Never heard of any such law in the US. Condemed (no cue how to spell that. lol)  housing can be required to be torn down but it is 100% up to the property owner what they do with the vacant land.  Even if they did choose to build a new house they have no obligation what so ever to make it avilable to the public. 

  • 1 month ago

    that would be local code, but the laws wouldn't require new houses to be built, but if they are condemned, must be torn down.

    eminent domain is a different issue.  new housing isn't necessarily public use, eminent domain would only come into play if there was a blighted area and the neighborhood was taken from private owners to build public (government low income) housing.

    eminent domain is normally used to build roads, jails, and other public use non residential projects.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes.......... In the US 'eminent domain' is the power of the government to take private land or property and convert it to public use, It is rooted in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which says “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

  • 1 month ago

    If they are condemned, they come down.

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  • 1 month ago

    First, Detroit has more than enough houses already; it doesn't need more.

    Second, there are laws that require buildings or houses that are uninhabitable to be destroyed for safety reasons (if they could cause a fire or collapse into the street, for example), it's not to make room for new ones.  If new ones are needed and resources are available, then they will be purchased and destroyed by the developers or construction companies that wish to build new ones.  However, there is no logic destroying them to make room for new ones in places that already have more than enough new ones.

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