Zombie Properties Act


Brighton Place is an otherwise beautiful section of South Utica, except one home that is considered an eyesore. However new legislation supported by State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi can help give community members the ability to report abandoned and dilapidated properties in neighborhoods across the state.

Assemblyman Brindisi adds, “You have these zombie properties which are essentially homes that are in foreclosure, that have fallen into disrepair and because of that, they are causing blight across the entire community and effective everyone else’s property values.”

What the legislation is trying to accomplish is making the banks more responsible, and giving code officers tools they need to go after the banks if they are not maintaining the properties. And to increase the efficiency, Brindisi adds that a new hotline can give communities like those on Brighton Place the ability to notify the Department of Financial Services.

Brindisi adds, “The problem we’ve seen in the past was, nobody knew who owned these properties because they changed title between bank to bank to bank during the foreclosure process. You never could find out who owns the properties. Now the banks are going to be required to register with the state when the take title with one of these properties, so when there is an issue with a zombie property, the code officers know who to go after.”

The legislation takes effect in September. To report a claim call (800) 342-3736 or visit, http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/fileacomplaint.htm.

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