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How to deal with an eyesore in the neighborhood

How to deal with an eyesore in the neighborhood

July 28, 2011
 
While many homeowners take good care of their properties - mowing their lawns regularly, keeping their yard looking nice and performing other maintenance tasks - some allow their homes to become unpleasant looking and dirty.
 
Sometimes, though, nothing can be done to fix these homes, Realtor Magazine reports, as many are foreclosed properties and are owned by banks - many of which don't spend the time, money or energy to keep the homes in quality shape.
 
Though homeowners may think there isn't anything they can do to have the homes cleaned up and keep their property values up, Realtor Magazine reports there are a few measures they can take.
 
Alert the homeowners association
 
According to Realtor Magazine, many homeowners associations will help keep abandoned properties in shape to retain solid property values of neighborhood homes, such as maintaining yards and painting homes.  Expenses for these tasks are paid by homeowners associations.  
 
In terms of homeowners associations making existing homeowners better maintain their properties, MSN Real Estate reports property owners have the ability to fight any ruling handed down by the associations.
 
Research state and local laws
 
Properties with owners who simply don't take care of their homes can be dealt with in another way. Realtor Magazine reports states and local municipalities often have their own rules and regulations regarding property upkeep.
 
Should a homeowner fail to maintain their home, they can be fined substantially, according to Realtor Magazine. Additionally, banks who don't monitor the well-being of their foreclosed inventory can be issued fines as well.
 
Help maintain properties
 
Homeowners who don't want to wait for others to clean up abandoned homes may be able to do so themselves, Realtor Magazine reports. However, to avoid legal ramifications, they should ask local authorities what they can do to fix or clean homes without violating any laws. 
 

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