Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act

Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act

Yesterday, I went for a walk in my neighborhood.  While strolling down a tree lined street and admiring the beautiful homes on some of the most beautiful landscaped properties, I stumbled across one home in serious disrepair camouflaged by an overgrown lawn and untrimmed foliage. I stopped and stared at it for a few minutes, thinking to myself, "what happened here?” I imagined the owner was laid off from his job, couldn’t find another one quick enough to continue making payments on the property and forced to  foreclose. It saddened me that someone’s “american dream” was lost.  I also thought of the neighbors, with their manicured landscapes having to deal with an eyesore right next door to their home. Unfortunately, this is widespread throughout Westchester and neighboring counties, according to this article on lohud.com, The dwellings are breeding grounds to vermin and other animals, are affecting real estate sales and spawning the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act.  The proposal would force the lender, as a stakeholder, to maintain the property on a regular basis if the owner has abandoned the home.  Neighboring residents of these abandoned homes are encouraged to report these unsightly homes in hopes it would clean up our neighborhoods.
Tell me your opinion on this matter and what the county has proposed to deal with this situation.

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Phone: 914-907-7538
Dated: June 29th 2014
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