Upkeep of homes and squatters

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“Did I Just Say That Out Loud?”

Since: Aug 10

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#1 Aug 31, 2013
I'm going to try to start a serious discussion. Does anyone else find homes in their areas are in disrepair? It doesn't seem the village enforces its code when it comes to keeping windows, doors and other exterior portions of the home in good working order. And I'm not talking about the vacant homes. And another thing, how is it that squatters were able to take over the Mango home? Who were the squatters, how did they gain access and why was it allowed to occur? Serious responses only please. Thanks.
livehereforever

Blue Island, IL

#2 Aug 31, 2013
I must of walked my dog past that house at least 3 times and week and never saw a person, light on ect.
I ask the same questions how people didn't know they were there,
Bob O

Midlothian, IL

#3 Sep 1, 2013
It does seem like I'm seeing more gutters with stuff growing in them lately. I thought that was something you could be cited for in the past.
midlo resident

Alsip, IL

#4 Sep 1, 2013
We have a vacant house 2 doors down from us and the weeds are growing everywhere - about every 3 to 4 weeks, a lawn service comes out to cut the grass but Im not sure if the village is cutting the grass or the bank. It's a serious problem - not only the house next to mine, but houses throughout Midlo - there are homeowners (myself included) who work hard to keep up our property (cutting the grass, planting flowers, painting, etc) and we have to look at these vacant houses.
Bob O

Midlothian, IL

#5 Sep 1, 2013
I heard something about that recently. Someone I know inquired about a house that was vacant and needed the grass cut and the MPW reply was something to the effect of "we've got a lot of houses like this, and we're cutting the grass as quickly as we can." I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist. I guess it makes sense that it would be a daunting task to cut grass for vacant houses during a horrible economic time like we're in. On the other hand, as you mentioned, aren't the banks supposed to maintain the grass for bank-owned properties? We had one that a bank was sending someone to cut near me a while back. The guys they send seem to do a good enough job, it's just that they don't show up as often as they really ought to.
Give a hoot

Blue Island, IL

#6 Sep 2, 2013
How hard is it to pick up the garbage on your lawn or street every day?
midlo resident

United States

#7 Sep 2, 2013
midlo resident wrote:
We have a vacant house 2 doors down from us and the weeds are growing everywhere - about every 3 to 4 weeks, a lawn service comes out to cut the grass but Im not sure if the village is cutting the grass or the bank. It's a serious problem - not only the house next to mine, but houses throughout Midlo - there are homeowners (myself included) who work hard to keep up our property (cutting the grass, planting flowers, painting, etc) and we have to look at these vacant houses.
Where at?
midlo resident

United States

#8 Sep 2, 2013
Bob O wrote:
I heard something about that recently. Someone I know inquired about a house that was vacant and needed the grass cut and the MPW reply was something to the effect of "we've got a lot of houses like this, and we're cutting the grass as quickly as we can." I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist. I guess it makes sense that it would be a daunting task to cut grass for vacant houses during a horrible economic time like we're in. On the other hand, as you mentioned, aren't the banks supposed to maintain the grass for bank-owned properties? We had one that a bank was sending someone to cut near me a while back. The guys they send seem to do a good enough job, it's just that they don't show up as often as they really ought to.
The houses may not be owned by the bank yet.
5yrR

Orland Park, IL

#9 Sep 2, 2013
The village cuts the grass of quite a few vacant homes, and they cycle through the list about every other week. That's why you'll see high grass for a while. There are just too many.
If the village has to cut the grass they charge whomever owns the home, often the bank.
We have a very dilapidated house on our block complete with missing doors, broken/missing windows, a hole in the front wall where you can see right through to the living room from the outside, etc. Very unpleasant to live near that. I'm sure there are squatters and rodents in there.
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#10 Sep 2, 2013
5yrR wrote:
The village cuts the grass of quite a few vacant homes, and they cycle through the list about every other week. That's why you'll see high grass for a while. There are just too many.
If the village has to cut the grass they charge whomever owns the home, often the bank.
We have a very dilapidated house on our block complete with missing doors, broken/missing windows, a hole in the front wall where you can see right through to the living room from the outside, etc. Very unpleasant to live near that. I'm sure there are squatters and rodents in there.
Too many to cut?

Why can't they subcontract some of the work out and collect a few bucks as the middle group. Why can't the same be done with repairs needed to be done with houses. Seems more like an opportunity then anything else.

“In my opinion..”

Since: Dec 09

Midlothian

#11 Sep 2, 2013
midloguy30 wrote:
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Too many to cut?
Why can't they subcontract some of the work out and collect a few bucks as the middle group. Why can't the same be done with repairs needed to be done with houses. Seems more like an opportunity then anything else.
The trouble with that is if the owner gave up the house, it takes the bank some time to get possession of it. All the bills that add up before the bank takes legal possession are subject to dispute. Now after the bank takes possession then your idea has merit.
midloguy30

Midlothian, IL

#12 Sep 2, 2013
Well then i guess the "fresh foreclosures" should be handled by public works and overflow of ones that are billable should be handled 3rd party.

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