BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Decrepit homes which have been abandoned by both owner and bank are a pervasive issue according to New York leaders like Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said Monday there will be new efforts to eradicate them.
Although the homes aren’t clamoring for brains, they are becoming more apparent in New York neighborhoods. Cuomo announced Monday he’d be teaming up with mortgage companies in order to fight these properties.
As part of the new partnership, Cuomo says companies will be forced to adopt methods to keep houses from becoming vacant. Companies will also agree to inspect properties which fall into delinquency and determine if they’re vacant.
A new national registry of zombie homes has been established, and companies will be mandated to report them to the registry.
Recently Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster stood in front of a decrepit home in a flourishing neighborhood and said the juxtaposition is one that needs remedy. Dyster is advocating for legislation called the Abandoned Neighborhood Relief Act, which will require stricter ownership by banks and mortgage companies.
Under the Neighborhood Relief Act, companies would be forced to maintain the residential properties through the foreclosure process.
The legislation has found support among local leaders and resonates statewide, as New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called for immediate action.