Springfield wants law passed for maintaining vacant homes

When a home is foreclosed on, the property owners have to pack up their belongings and leave.

SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Many Massachusetts Communities continue to struggle from the foreclosure crisis. When a home is foreclosed on, the property owners have to pack up their belongings and leave.

The City of Springfield wants clear-cut rules in place detailing who’s in charge of maintaining vacant homes.

Vacant properties left untouched for long stretches of time fall into disrepair, become locations for illegal dumping, can attract crime, and lower property values in the community.

The City of Springfield wants the legislature to pass a law that allows each city and town decide who’s responsible for mowing the lawn and making sure the home doesn’t fall apart.

Springfield wants to require the mortgage lenders to set aside a lump sum of money to maintain vacant properties.

Right now, cities and towns will take emergency measures to make sure foreclosed homes are in good shape. That money comes out of the taxpayers’ pocket.

Springfield Associate City Solicitor Thomas Moore told 22News, “You have further criminal activity attracted to that area and it decreases property values for the entire community. I think those particular areas will be impacted positively were this bill to make it through and pass.”

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