House cleanout after foreclosure riles neighbor in Kingston

From the Daily Freeman:

Heppner has complained to the city about the piles of trash, but they remained there on Friday. If such an eyesore were next to Mayor Steve Noble’s house, she said, it would have been cleaned up by now.

But Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Tiano, who heads the city’s Building Safety Division, said the due process in forcing private property owners to clean up is a slow one.

In this case, Tiano said, the house became the property of the Wilmington Savings Fund of West Palm Beach, Fla., some time ago. The property, Tiano said, was foreclosed on by the bank.

In March, a letter was sent to the bank notifying the financial institution it had 30 days to clean up or it would be fined.

The cleanup did not occur, Tiano said.

So, by law, the city needed to send a second letter saying a $1,000 re-inspection fee had been assessed on the property. That letter went out in April

Then, just recently third letter went out, as required, Tiano said. He said reinspection fees charged to the bank now total $3,000.

Eventually,Tiano said, when legal deadlines are up, the city can consider whether the Department of Public Works should enter the property and remove the assorted garbage bags and debris.

If the fees and the costs for removing the debris aren’t paid, Tiano said, the property owner’s tax bill will have all fees and whatever it cost to remove the debris attached to it.

Maybe we should pull out our old Bermuda Triangle Recovery Services shirts and take a trip over to Wilmington Savings Fund of West Palm Beach to deliver a message like we did with Ocwen back in the day…

At a closer look, the property is serviced by Ocwen. That’s probably why they have a West Palm Beach address. What a coincidence.