Nowhere are zombie homes a huge nightmare than in SE Queens, especially Jamaica, which is home to hundreds of these eyesores that have safety issues, illegal garbage dumping, squatters, prostitution and other criminal activity. Besides the obvious eyesore, they cause property values to drop like most SE Queens morals.
Should this bill have been done about 7 years ago, before the situation got so bad and so out of hand, of course, but this is better than doing nothing, which is usually what happens because of “zombie elected officials”.
Now start on this major eyesore and symbol of Jamaica.
From Queens Chronicle:
Fighting the zombie (home) apocalypse
Bill aims at securing abandoned sites
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2016 10:30 am
The state Assembly on May 24 overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at securing zombie homes and making the banks that own them more responsible for the maintenance of them .
The bill, called the “New York State Abandoned Property Relief Act of 2016,” calls for the following:
• expanding the existing duty of a mortgagee to maintain vacant residential real property to include “pre-foreclosure” vacant properties;
• requiring periodic inspections to determine whether properties secured by a delinquent mortgagee have actually been abandoned;
• allowing localities and the attorney general to enforce the maintenance of property requirements; and
• creating a statewide registry for abandoned residential property under the supervision of the state attorney general and a toll-free hotline for community residents to report the presence of such properties.
Zombie homes are properties that have been abandoned by residents, either because the property fell into disrepair or the people living in there fell behind on payments, and usually become an eyesore due to a lack of maintenance.
They became prevalent in South Queens and the Rockaways following Superstorm Sandy and in Southeast Queens following the foreclosure crisis in 2008.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) praised the passage of the bill.
“Zombie properties are a plague on our community that drives down property values, threatens public health and undermines the character of our neighborhoods,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “When it becomes law, the Abandoned Property Relief Act will finally give communities the tools to fight these zombie properties and give families some much-needed relief.”
The bill now heads to the Senate, which has about two weeks to pass it before the end of session.