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Reduction of Code Enforcement Lien

Contact Information

To request a Reduction of Lien please email the application to the Code Enforcement Board Secretary at Rachel.Wildermuth@osceola.org or call 407-742-0309. Click here for the application.

Requirements and Exceptions

  1. All violations associated with reduction requests must be in compliance before any lien reduction is considered.
  2. Any lien resulting from a fine for a violation that was determined to be irreparable or irreversible, as outlined under Chapter 162, Florida Statutes will not be considered for reduction.
  3. Any lien resulting from a fine in excess of the fine amount limits, as described in Florida Statute 162.09(2)(d), will not be considered for reduction.
  4. If a title insurance policy is issued upon the purchase of the property and the title insurance policy failed to identify or consider the lien, a lien reduction shall not be granted. In such cases, the lien should have been discovered by the title insurer, and providing a reduction would place the County in the position of indemnifying the title insurer against its losses, which losses should be reflected in premium charges.
  5. Violations that are of the magnitude that they create community harm for an extended period of time will not be considered for reduction.

Application Process

  1. If a reduction is requested for a lien that originated from an Osceola County Code Enforcement Board (CEB) order, Code Enforcement staff will prepare an agenda item before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
  2. If the applicant does not agree with the reduction calculated by staff, staff will prepare a Regular Agenda item before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). If the requestor and staff agree to the reduction amount, then Code Enforcement staff shall prepare a Consent Agenda item before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
  3. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) may, when deemed to be in the best interest of Osceola County and not inconsistent with law, waive any or all requirements or provisions set forth in this Code and proceed thereafter to take whatever action is deemed to be in the best interest of Osceola County.
  4. Any reduced lien shall be paid within thirty (30) calendar days, or as otherwise ordered by the BOCC, or said lien will revert to the pre-reduced amount.
  5. Any lien that has been reduced by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) but is not paid within the thirty (30) calendar-day timeframe or as otherwise ordered by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), and has reverted to the pre-reduced amount, may be subject to a second reduction request. For any subsequent reduction request on the same case, staff may support only a reduction to no less than fifty percent (50%) of the lien amount, plus County costs.

Penalty Reduction Matrix

Length of Time the Violation Remained Non-Compliant with the Code Enforcement Board’s Order Percentage Reduction
Up to 1 year Reduction to no less than two percent (2%) of the lien amount
More than 1 year, up to 2 years Reduction to no less than two percent (4%) of the lien amount
More than 2 years, up to 5 years Reduction to no less than two percent (8%) of the lien amount
More than 5 years, up to 10 years Reduction to no less than two percent (20%) of the lien amount
More than 10 years, up to 15 years Reduction to no less than two percent (30%) of the lien amount
More than 15 years Reduction to no less than two percent (40%) of the lien amount