What happens if I do not attend the Special Magistrate hearing?

The Special Magistrate will issue an Order based upon the testimony provided at the hearing and will direct that the violation be corrected within a specified period of time. Fines and liens may be placed against a property as a result of any enforcement action, whether or not the property owner is present at the hearing.

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1. Can I appeal the Special Magistrate’s decision to the Wellington Council?
2. Can I file an appeal of a decision of the Special Magistrate?
3. Can the Code Officer enter onto my property to conduct the inspection?
4. Can Wellington foreclose on the property if the liens are not paid?
5. Does Wellington ever correct or “abate” the violation?
6. How does the Code Compliance Division “select” the properties they inspect?
7. If a lien is filed, does it attach to only the property that was the subject of the violation?
8. Is the Code Compliance Division required to provide a first notice?
9. What do I do if I receive a violation notice?
10. What happens if I do not attend the Special Magistrate hearing?
11. What happens if I don’t correct the problem within the time given by the code officer?
12. What is a Neighborhood Improvement Inspection?
13. What type of notice does the Code Compliance Division provide if a violation is found?
14. Will I have to pay a fine?