Cities' debate: To mow or not to mow foreclosed homes' yards?

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Across Central Florida, cities already strapped for cash face a new burden: keeping homes in foreclosure from dragging down their neighbors' property values.

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LinOrlando

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#23
Nov 11, 2008
 
I think we need to bring back a long forgotten institution... debtors' prisons, back in the colonial days, if you took out debt and could not repay it you were sent to prison.

People who got caught up in all this debt and can't pay it back, that's fine, you go to debtors prison for a few years and while your there you can spend 8-12 hours a day outside cleaning up yard and maintaining forclosed and abandoned properties.
Chris

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#25
Nov 11, 2008
 
Ummm... Sandra? Is there a particular reason you left out Orlando and Winter Park. What criteria did you choose in selecting certain municipalities and not others?
Grandma Fudd

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#26
Nov 11, 2008
 
I have to agree with the comment that whatever caretaker reclaims the property, be it a bank or mortgage company, or a realtor, have the responsibility for the upkeep of the property and neighbors should be able to sue these entities if they fail to do normal expected maintenance of both house and yard. The City should NOT have to do the job of the legal owner. They need to start levying fines of about a hundred dollars a day against the owners and if they don't respond, put them in jail. The problem is our weak kneed City Councils and Code Enforcement won't stand up and fight them and they keep giving them extensions and extensions and extensions ad infinitum. The owners wait till the last minute of the last day and show up and give yet another phony excuse and promise and the City accepts it and grants yet another extension.
Orlando lawyer

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#27
Nov 11, 2008
 
Title does not pass to the new owner (the successful bidder at the foreclosure sale) until 10 days after the sale is held. Many people abandon their homes as soon as or right after they are served with foreclosure papers. It can take from 3 to 9 months for the foreclosure to be completed. During that time span the property owner, not the bank owns the property and is responsible for maintaining it.

I would think homeowners association/neighbors would pick up the slack during that interim period in the interest of preserving property values.(And I would not think people would want chained up convicts in those fetching orange jumpsuits hanging out in their neighborhoods!!)
chennys got a gun

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Nov 11, 2008
 

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"many of us have no sympathy for those of you greedy people that bit off more than you can chew"
Yes, how dare you try to make a better life for yourself! You shouldn't do that. You should just be another one of Obama's drones instead
Florida has been run into the ground by the rightwing republican bushbots we should just tear down everything in this state and start over now that we have a rel president
Del

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#29
Nov 11, 2008
 
For those of us who don't live in a Home Owner's Association the unmowed yards have been a nightmare. The house down the street had weeds that were (literally) 5 1/2" feel tall. FINALLY we got together and cleaned the yard up. The tax payers should not have to bear the brunt of foreclosed homes, the banks that own them should be maintaining them.
Enough Already

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#30
Nov 11, 2008
 
Del wrote:
For those of us who don't live in a Home Owner's Association the unmowed yards have been a nightmare. The house down the street had weeds that were (literally) 5 1/2" feel tall. FINALLY we got together and cleaned the yard up. The tax payers should not have to bear the brunt of foreclosed homes, the banks that own them should be maintaining them.
I agree. I think Windermere has the right idea. Tack it onto the tax certificate price. As far as HOA dues are concerned, yes those pay for maintenance throughout the subdivision, but the foreclosed owners will not be paying their monthly dues, and there is no way I want to make up for that financially.
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#31
Nov 11, 2008
 
It should be the responsibility of whoever forecloses on the property to maintain it until it is sold.
the tall tall grass

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Nov 11, 2008
 

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It is expensive for municipalities to go cutting the grass for abandoned property. Instead of passing that cost on to the next owner in the form of liens and assessments, couldn't we find a way to reward neighbors for being neighborly and keeping these properties in good condition. Wouldn't you be more inclined to take care of your neighbor's yard while you were doing your own if perhaps you could get some sort of rebate? Wouldn't it be nice if the cities contacted neighbors and rewarded them to take care of the lawns in their own neighborhood? That would certainly cost the cities less, keep fines from being passed forward to the next owner and empower us all to give a little back to our own community.
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#33
Nov 11, 2008
 
The lawns should definitely be mowed. To not do so ruins the entire neighborhood. But the banks who did the foreclosing should be the ones paying for it! It's the least they can do.
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#34
Nov 11, 2008
 
If any yard within sight of my front yard becomes overgrown, I'm going to go over there and mow it myself. I recommend everyone else who is concerned about their property value do the same thing. And, by the way, I don't care what the lawyers say.
Del

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Nov 12, 2008
 
the tall tall grass wrote:
It is expensive for municipalities to go cutting the grass for abandoned property. Instead of passing that cost on to the next owner in the form of liens and assessments, couldn't we find a way to reward neighbors for being neighborly and keeping these properties in good condition. Wouldn't you be more inclined to take care of your neighbor's yard while you were doing your own if perhaps you could get some sort of rebate? Wouldn't it be nice if the cities contacted neighbors and rewarded them to take care of the lawns in their own neighborhood? That would certainly cost the cities less, keep fines from being passed forward to the next owner and empower us all to give a little back to our own community.
Wishful thinking, but the property owner should be maintaining their own property. With children and work, I get out once on the weekend to clean my yard and the rest of the time is spent with family. I really don't want to clean up someone else's mess because they can't be responsible for their belongings.(Though, I have done it before) Not to mention, the City isn't going to hand out rebate rewards for good citizenship. Sounds callus, but if I can take personal responsibility for my property & my family then I know everyone else can take personal responsibility for theirs.

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#36
Nov 17, 2008
 
The last place I want my tax dollars going is to mow the lawns of property that banks own. I will be glad to mow those lawns for the going market rate - as would several other service providers.

The overall cost to cities would be much higher.

The banks and management companies of these forclosed properties are looking to lessen their expense at our expense.
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I think it is time to wake up from this present and evil world and relize that the good samaritan is no longer around. Listen to you speak debtors prison. Wow A person loses his or her job for years can't find another right away aloses the house the neibors are concern about themselves and their property and the city are concern about themselves and their property. Oh and "God loves the little children of the world"
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#38
Apr 28, 2009
 
Frank wrote:
How about using the criminals who are currently lounging and enjoying their prison time watching TV, exercising in gyms, and using law libraries to file their senseless lawsuits, to cut the lawns?
Problem is the different jurisdictions. Prisons are run by the State not local counties, cities, towns, villages, which are the governmental jurisdictions that have to maintain abandoned properties.
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#39
Apr 28, 2009
 
In todays world no one gives a hell about anyone but themselves, Just mow the front yard if it is the house next to you, it will effect your value if it looks like HELL
George Carlin

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LORAX wrote:
The last place I want my tax dollars going is to mow the lawns of property that banks own. I will be glad to mow those lawns for the going market rate - as would several other service providers.
The overall cost to cities would be much higher.
The banks and management companies of these forclosed properties are looking to lessen their expense at our expense.
Unkempt properties LOWER property values of adjoining properties in the neighborhood. You may not realize it but that impacts YOU.

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Jun 14, 2009
 
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Unkempt properties LOWER property values of adjoining properties in the neighborhood. You may not realize it but that impacts YOU.
I didnt say they should be unkept. I said I should not have to pay for it via tax dollars. The cities should pressure the banks to keep the properties up to normal standards.

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