Mayor's Problem Properties Unit

Mayor Gary Christenson formed the Problem Properties Unit (PPU) to address the nuisance properties in our neighborhoods, including illegal rooming houses, vacant and abandoned properties, and properties with a history of public safety complaints and code violations. The Mayor chairs the PPU and it consists of:

  • The City Controller
  • Compliance Officers
  • A Malden resident
  • Representatives from the:
    • Board of Health
    • Building Department
    • City Council
    • Fire and Police Departments
    • Legal Department
    • Malden Redevelopment Authority

Report a problem property in Malden.

  1. Enforcement
  2. Properties
  3. Education
  4. Documents

Enforcement / Remediation

A problem property includes violations of building, fire, zoning health or sanitation codes and often presents itself as a health hazard or public safety concern. The Unit receives referrals from neighbors, police or fire officials and City Councillors who suspect abandonment, considerable neglect, or in some cases, illegal activity. The multi-departmental Unit takes a proactive approach and coordinates its efforts to review possible solutions and identify available resources to remedy the particular problem. The goal is to secure the owner’s cooperation in taking the necessary steps to bring the property in compliance.

The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) offers low-interest loans that may assist in the financing of the needed remediation. Learn more about the MRA Low-Interest Home Loan Program.

If a property owner fails to cooperate or if the situation is urgent and warrants immediate attention then fines may be issued, the City may take the appropriate steps to intervene and correct the problem or the matter may be referred to the Legal Department. After all other avenues have been exhausted and for egregious properties that have a long history of violations and complaints, the Unit may utilize Massachusetts General Law Chapter 111, Section 127I, which provides the mechanism for housing receivership. Since the Unit’s inception in February 2012, there have been significant results in terms of cleaning up properties and improving the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods.