Need help Seminole county Florida code enforcement lien

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I purchased a house in Casselberry Florida with a $100k code enforcement lien due to work performed without permits. There was also a $250/day fine accruing. It was a short sale. By the time the short sale was approved and the permit pulled the lien was at $170k. I’ve made the repairs and and all is now in code compliance. Per the county procedures I’ve applied for a reduction of lien on the grounds that I solved the problems and I am trying to improve the otherwise nice neighborhood by fixing up this ugly house and selling it. I pointed out that I’m not a hedge fund and showed my tax return to prove that I could use the money. The county manager denied the claim because I bought the house with knowledge of the lien. I put in some renters for the time being. The next step is to ask the same county manager to permit the county Board to review my case and reduce the lien. It’s a 200k house with about $120k invested right now. I’m getting $1400 in rent. I could use any advice from members with knowledge of dealing with Seminole county.
is there no "new owner amnisty program " in semonle county? usually pay a application fee of a few hundred and bring the whole house up to code, let inspector walk through and your done

Most counties/cities work with new owners solving these problems. Down here it varies from a about 10-30% of the accrued lien.
For that kind of money, get a Local attorney experienced/connected with the county.
Maybe spend part of a day at the courthouse reviewing code violation appeal case files, it’s all public record. Note the attorneys, and any patterns.

Hi guys - I have a similar situation in Seminole County with liens for a junk car that has accrued to $100k (ridiculous).  They will not mitigate because I knew of lien due to lien search.  While I've mitigated millions in liens, I've never come across such a ridiculous rule.  Need to know if someone has contacts/attorneys that are familiar with their process.  I've complied all violations within 3 weeks of ownership and thought they would appreciate it not try to get rich off of me.  Time is of the essence as they now want to abate the property.

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