Lack of Jobs, NOT BANKS, to Blame for Blighted Foreclosed Homes, Florida Governor Rick Scott Says

Lack of jobs, not banks, to blame for blighted homes, governor says

Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he was caught aback by the Sun Sentinel’s investigation of how banks have established foreclosure practices that have left thousands of South Florida homes to decay, devastating neighborhoods.

“Maybe I don’t ask enough questions about it, and I will now,” he said in response to a series of articles the newspaper published this week regarding bad-neighbor banks.

The Sun Sentinel found that some banks evade responsibility for abandoned homes they hold title to, and banks and their agents act in ways that leave other vacant properties in legal limbo. The result is homes no one wants to live next to, much less buy.

They have algae-filled pools, knee-high grass, trash-strewn yards, broken windows, missing doors, peeling paint, mold, and uninvited tenants such as squatters, raccoons or rats.

Scott said his initial, gut-level reaction was that the problem was not so much the behavior of the banks but the poor condition of Florida’s economy. “The real solution is more jobs,” he said, repeating a common theme he has championed as the cure-all for most of Florida’s ills.

The article then goes on to say…

When it comes to holding banks accountable for maintaining abandoned homes, Scott sounded reluctant to act. He said he feared that banks will not lend, or will raise the cost of lending, if faced with additional state regulations.

“We want them to lend, and we want the interest rates as low as possible,” he said.

Other states, such as New Jersey and New York, have adopted laws requiring banks to keep up the maintenance of vacant homes in the midst of foreclosure suits, before getting title. Banks can be unwilling to tend to homes they don’t own, for fear the owner has not truly abandoned the property.

Asked if a similar law could be passed in Florida, the governor said it could be done, but “somebody’s going to pay for it.” The banks, he said, likely will not take on more responsibility without foisting the cost onto consumers somewhere down the line.

Instead, Scott said, he favors expediting the foreclosure process so homes don’t sit empty for so long. A bill to do just that failed in the Senate this year among strong opposition from consumer rights groups who thought it did not have enough protections for homeowners.

The governor also said he would like for Florida to take the entire foreclosure process out of the hands of the courts and, instead, permit lenders to foreclose without a judge’s approval, as they do in California, Texas and some other states.

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11 Responses to “Lack of Jobs, NOT BANKS, to Blame for Blighted Foreclosed Homes, Florida Governor Rick Scott Says”
  1. Not surprise here, what do you expect FL has elected a proven fraudster as a Governor Rick Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud in History and FL rewarded him by making him a Governor ! well…….done!

  2. Anynomous says:

    Anyone with good photo-shop skills here? Let’s make a mortgage assignment for Rick Scott’s mortgage from mers to ? (get creative) and have it recorded in the local county clerks office – hahaha – signed by Linda Green – hahaha! Make another one for Pam Bondi while at it – hihihihi Oh wait that would be illegal if you’re not a big bank….

    • J. Alonzo says:

      Its just to bad no one has the balls to do it. That would be great. Pam and Scott are a bunch bank loving Neocons that only look at the law when it does not hurt the Banksters. They are above the law. She was just on Fox News ” Again” Talking about the Health care law and our constitution. What a terrible person we have as attorney general in Florida. She talks about the law and our constitution when she is the first one who bends our laws and right to due process to favor the banks. Our system is broke! We are clearly heading into a New World agenda and order.

  3. laura says:

    This guy is a moron! Regarding the video…………His wife is rear ended by a texter & he hems & haws over whether this is a dangerous thing to do!!! He needs to consult with law enforcement? OMG! He’s so dumb, it must be like shooting fish in a barrel to steal billions in healthcare!!!! How can anyone take this idiot seriously?

  4. Daniel says:

    This man is a DUNCE…The Fed along with major banks create the boom and bust cylce…

  5. MARGETTA LANGLOIS PRO.SE says:

    WHAT “PLANET” IS THIS ASSHOLE FROM , THE BANKS GOT BIL OUTS NOT THE PEOPLE

    WHAT HAPPENED FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE W/ THE “EXCULPATORY” EVID (WE) HAVE &

    JUDGES IGNORED AND CODONED “OBSTRUCTING” JUSTICE & CREATING A “GROSS” MISCARRIAGE

    OF JUSTICE,THESE POLITICANS ARE THE BIGGEST THIEVES, WHERE’S T HE DRUG TESTING FOR

    WELFARE RECEIPIANTS? THEY GET FREE MONEY & DON’T WANT TO BE DRUG TESTED BUT US

    WHO “LOST” OUR HOMES TO ENTITIES NOT LEGAL IN THE STATE BUT JUDGES CONDONING THEM ON

    THE CAASE TO DEFRUD US W/ “INTENT” IT’S MORE THAN SHAMEFUL..IT’S DOWN RIGHT PATHATIC &

    THE JUDGE’S & ATTY.’S NEED “JA-I-L”….

    IF WE WENT IN AS DEF.’S & DIDN’YT HAVE PROOF WE DID NOT OWN OUR HOMES IN COURT

    FOR WE’D BE ARRESTED & “J-A-I-L-E-D”.

    HIM A BOND ARE (2) FRAUDS & SHOULD BE “IMPEACHED”….

  6. Fed up says:

    Governor Rick Scott, you are so disgusting and dishonest I am so embarrassed for you.
    Who the hell do you think you are fooling? You know damn well the banks behaved like depraved rapist criminals you do not do anything because the banks own your sorry politician A$$.
    Tell us Governor how much money / contributions did you take from the financial industry?

    GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT YOU AND AG PAM BONDI ARE ENABLERS AND FACILITATORS. OF FRAUD
    AND ECONOMIC VIOLENCE.

    The malfeasance, dishonesty, and lies pour from every orifice of your bodies.

    • charlie rice says:

      THE PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO RISE AND GO BACK AND RECLAIM THEIR STOLEN HOMES, BECA– USE THEY HAVE LEGAL TITLE …

      THEIR MORTGAGES WAS SOLD TO WALL STREET BY THE SUBPRIME BANKS THAT WENT BELLY UP.

      THOSE ARE THE ONLY LENDERS THAT CAN FORECLOSE “NO ONE ELSE” PERIOD

      BUT THOSE LENDERS HAVE BROKEN THE HOMEOWNERS CONTRACT BY SELLING THE MORTGAGES TO WALL STREET WHO SECURITIZED IT BY CONVERTING IT INTO A STOCK IN OVER 2000-5000 MORTGAGES FOR THE TRUST.

      ANY ACTION THAT HAPPENS AFTER MORTGAGE SECURITIZATION ON A HOMEOWNER IS FRAUD!

      THESE ARE FRAUDULENT FORECLOSURES THAT ARE BROUGHT ON BY THE CONSPIRING GREEDY DOUBLE DIPPING BAILOUT BANKS WHO ARE VIOLATING THE US CONSTITUTION RIGHTS OF EVERY HOMEOWNER…

      ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1809-1865
      “Don’t Interfere with anything in the Constitution.
      That must be maintained,
      for that is the only safeguard of our liberties”.

      ROBERT F. KENNEDY 1925-1968
      ” The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use, of how to get men of power to live for the public than off the public”.
      § 241. Conspiracy against rights
      If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
      If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured-
      They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
      § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law
      Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  7. …which by the way ended up with my losing my job over the stress that fighting a crime that, oh, that’s right, THE BANK COMMITTED!

  8. Yeah, right…I had a job in 2005 when I discovered that the bank had forged our signatures to a mortgage document and tried to illegally foreclose on us…what an idiot. These are just the type of people we DON’T NEED in government.

    • Ali says:

      We discovered my name was forged (and noterized} on our VA origination papers. Ironically they are the only ones who won’t give info or copies of much needed closing docs. They also took out 3 loans ( that’s what the FBI calls “Shotgunning), and were paid multible times by title insuance, Ticor, Stewart, and last but not least, Recon. I guess they found nothing amiss when all of a sudden millions of folks woke up one morning and said “wow, this looks like a good day to default and lose my home!” Are they crazy or just plain greedy thiefs? In addition to that our property eas “flipped” so many times there hasn’t been a clear title since the early 90;s. So much for title search (paid for by us), and title insurance paid by us also. One would think the VA would want an explaination from them.

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