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Can I Legally Force the Bank to Clean Up a Foreclosed House?

The Law & You
April 26, 2018

The Law and You

Can I Legally Force the Bank to Clean Up a Foreclosed House?

A homeowner is outraged that a neighboring house is a mess after the bank foreclosed on the property. Is there something the viewer can do to get them to clean up the mess? Real estate lawyers Ed Ciarimboli and Molly Clark offer some advice.

Dave Kuharchik: Time once again for “The Law & You,” featuring the area’s best attorneys. Greg is off today so attorney Molly Clark is back with attorney Ed Ciarimboli. Good to see you both.

Ed Ciarimboli: Greg is down in Philadelphia, working hard. So, we brought Molly. She smiles more than Greg and she’s smarter.

Dave: Some say she’s a little more likeable. Just saying.

Ed: We miss you, Greg.

Dave: All right, here’s our question tonight. Gino in Ashley says, “The house next to mine was foreclosed on by the bank and they have done nothing to clean it up. Is there anything that I can do to force them to clean up the house?” So it seems like a nuisance issue?

Ed: Well, it is a nuisance issue. The bank is now the owner of the house because they foreclosed upon it. You actually have to bring a cause of action against the bank in order to force them to clean up the house, clean up the yard. Obviously, if it’s in a complete state of disrepair, it may be dangerous, it may be hazardous. But that’s kind of what you need to do. I’m going to let Molly tell you what specifically we would be able to do or what anybody would be able to do to help you out.

Molly Clark: You would need to have some documentation certainly to support the claim. It will be like a nuisance claim like Dave said. And if you have some pictures, some documentation to show how much disrepair the property is in and that would definitely help you move forward with the case. So we can help you with that if you want to give us a call.

Ed: Get that smartphone out and take some pictures.

Dave: Documentation always important.

Ed: Absolutely. Can’t take pictures with a rotary phone. If you don’t have one, then find someone who has one. Borrow a smartphone and take some photographs.

Dave: You know what “The Law & You” hotline doesn’t have? Picture taking capabilities.

Ed: No it doesn’t.

Dave: But if you have a question…

Ed: We can answer it.

Dave: Absolutely. Results matter, attorneys Molly Clark and Ed Ciarimboli. Thank you both.

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