Eliminate Zombie Properties
What are Zombie Properties?
Don't worry - they can't eat you but they can hurt your neighborhood and affect your property value.
Zombie properties are one to four-family residential houses where the bank or mortgage lender has started the foreclosure process and the owner has abandoned the property before the foreclosure is finalized. Zombies can erode your neighborhood and negatively affect your property value.
Steps the City of Utica
The City of Utica's Zombie Property Initiative focuses on four main objectives:
Develop a vacant and abandoned property database with software capable of tracking data and sharing information internally, and with the public.
Analyze the vacant and abandoned property data to assess the impacts of zombie properties in Utica.
Establish a City Housing Committee to design and implement short and long-term strategies to address vacant properties, identify city housing priorities and initiate new housing policy.
Connect with at-risk homeowners to provide foreclosure prevention resources.
Steps you can take
The City of Utica is partnering with the HomeOwnershipCenter to help prevent foreclosures and to help those who may be in danger of foreclosure. Click below to learn more.