The law requires owners of vacant properties to register with the town by paying a $250 fee, and providing contact information for whomever is responsible for maintaining it. The town says similar laws exist in major cities such as Boston, Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as Babylon town on Long Island.
“These dangerous eyesores threaten the quality of life of the people who live nearby and seriously affect the property values of the other homes in the neighborhood,” Romaine said in a release. “All of them are owned by someone - a bank, a corporation or some other entity.”Failure or refusal of a property owner to register within 30 days after they become due results in a fine of $1,000 to $15,000 for each.
Residents are able to report possible housing and property violations using a mobile app the town released in September as well as by calling 631-451-TOWN during business hours of 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This registry was first announced by Town Supervisor Ed Romaine as part of a September press conference in front of a boarded up house in Coram.
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