A bill that would hold the owners of untidy properties accountable has been signed into law by the Northern Marianas governor, Ralph Torres.
It seeks to address the numerous abandoned cars and buildings that are considered "eyesores" in the territory.
Our local correspondent said the law also aims to remove breeding grounds for pests, and potential sites for drug manufacturing, trafficking, or use.
Under the law, property owners who are in violation for over 90 days would be penalised and penalties would accrue each day beyond that.
There is to be an educational period of one year to allow property owners time to adjust.