HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - Neighbors came to News 4 about an abandoned and foreclosed home in Hamburg. Just a day later the bank was on scene, but their efforts to secure the vacant property could actually cause more harm than good.
Until recently, to protect their own property values, neighbors along Glenwillow Drive had been taking charge of the upkeep of the vacant house. They cut the grass and after noticing the basement was flood, ran an extension cord to the house to get the sump pump working again.
Dick Conklin said, "When I got it dried out, I went down looked at the panel. The main switch was on, and the one for the sump pump was on. All the rest of them were off, but evidently the power was shut off outside then."
News 4 reported on the mishandling of the property by its managers. The following day, the bank sent over a couple of maintenance guys from an Ohio-based property management company who changed the locks, and "winterized" the house.
"He said they winterized it. I said what did you winterize? It froze last winter. He said they drained the hot water tank, and that was it," Conklin said.
But when the locks were changed, Conklin pulled the plug on the sump pump because he could no longer see whether the pump was still working.
"By spring, water will be coming out the windows," he said.
And while the water might not make it up to the floor joists, Conklin says the real problem with a flooded basement and poor drainage is mold.
"It won't get to the joists, but the moisture will, and now you are going to have mold, and you are going to have rot. So, after that, it ain't going to be much good after that," he said.
LPS Field Services, the company responsible for the home's upkeep, would not respond to our requests for comment.
But Hamburg officials say they plan to take a more active role in securing the property, and they'll be sending the bill to the bank.
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