Help Me Clean Up Foreclosures
You are familiar with the problem. A bank or financial institution
takes over a property through foreclosure, or maybe the occupant abandons
the property. In any event, the bank is now the owner. But, it
doesn’t want to spend its money maintaining the property.
So, the grass grows tall, the bushes aren’t trimmed, and maybe a broken window goes without repair. Soon the property is a breeding ground for insects and rodents, and could become a crime magnet. Once a bank takes a property, it becomes the owner, and ought to be held to the same community standards that apply to all other owners in the neighborhood. That means keeping the property in good condition. Please help me clean up these properties.
If there is an empty house in your neighborhood that is not being cared for, and there is not a “For Sale” sign out front (if there is, please call the realtor directly), please do two things. First, please report the property to the County for violation of the grass ordinance (County Ordinance requires that grass be cut under 12”). You may file a report here.
Second, please report the property to my office at 703-425-9300. We will
identify the financial institution-owner by consulting county tax
records. I will send a letter directly to the institution informing its
management of the violation and asking that the property be maintained
properly. The idea is to force these institutions to act like the
responsible neighbors the rest of us try to emulate.
Let’s create a partnership where we work together to keep our neighborhoods in good and proper condition.