"We have long been plagued in DeKalb County with problems created by these troublesome properties," Anderson said in a statement. "In the past, there was not much that could be done unless the properties' owners could be found. This initiative allows the county to move forward with taking down these properties regardless of whether the owners respond to court orders."
The cost of tear-downs would be borne by DeKalb taxpayers, and then the county government could attempt to recover the costs of demolition from property owners.
Anderson said the judges will follow a checklist to ensure property rights are protected.
Cases will be heard by Supervising Ordinance Judge Hollie Manheimer, Judge September Guy and Judge Matthew McCoyd on the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. at 3630 Camp Circle near Decatur.