Cherry Hill adopts rule on vacant houses

Posted: April 25, 2013

Banks in the process of foreclosing on houses in Cherry Hill will have the township nipping at their heels when an ordinance goes into effect next month to force them to take responsibility for upkeep at vacant houses.

Under the ordinance, approved unanimously by the township council Monday, houses that are vacant and not on the market must be registered with specific contact information where the township can serve violation notices. Initial registration costs $500 and goes as high as $5,000 for a third annual renewal.

The township receives about a dozen complaints each week about empty and unkempt houses in foreclosure, spokeswoman Bridget Palmer said.

State law places responsibility on banks or other creditors when an abandoned property is in violation of municipal code, even if the foreclosure process is not complete. Lest a bank choose to ignore the new registration ordinance, it includes fines of between $100 and $1,000 a day.

 


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