Complaints of Tall Grass on Bank Owned Foreclosure Homes

by Peter Vernon on States

Officials of the city of Danville in Illinois are dealing with problems of tall weeds and grass in Bank Owned Foreclosures Homes. According to Jim Meharry, Danville inspection and enforcement manager, the wet spring did not make mowing very desirable to many people.

Aside from the weather, the city is facing the problem of lack of manpower to do the mowing and grass cutting on approximately 300 Bank Owned Foreclosures homes.

Officials said that with the unabated increase in the number of foreclosure properties in the city, they are having difficulty tracking those who are responsible for maintaining the lawns on these properties.

The city received nearly 280 complaints about tall weeds and grass from April to June of this year. Out of the total 280 complaints, 93 are open cases which mean that follow-ups have not been completed.

Meanwhile, 183 cases were considered close which mean that city officials have placed the foreclosure property on its mow list or owners of these foreclosed homes have taken care of the grass problem.

Grass complaints dominate the monthly gripes that the city received this year. Upon receipt of a formal complaint, city inspectors will take photographs of the tall weed and grass violation. Then, warning letters will be sent to the owners. City inspectors will make a follow-up within seven days upon receipt of the warning letter.

If owners failed to heed the warning, they will be fined. First-time violators will have to pay $100.
If future follow-ups still failed to produce the desired result, the case will be turned over to the city’s legal department. The city will then take responsibility of mowing the Bank Owned Foreclosures property but the owner will be billed $300.

According to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, the total bills that the city accumulated for mowing last year reached $130,000. The sad part is, the city only gets less than 10 percent return from its mowing services.

Meanwhile, Eisenhauer pointed out that the city is having a hard time identifying who will be responsible for properties that are not yet under foreclosure proceedings. Legally, these abandoned properties are not still Bank Owned Foreclosures and therefore, lenders will not take the initial responsibility to maintain them until they have been placed under the foreclosure process.