LI towns shelling out cash to keep unkempt properties tidy

Many neighborhoods on Long Island have them: abandoned, eyesore homes with boarded-up windows and knee-high lawns.With foreclosures on the rise, neglected homes are cropping up

SMITHTOWN - Many neighborhoods on Long Island have them: abandoned, eyesore homes with boarded-up windows and knee-high lawns.With foreclosures on the rise, neglected homes are cropping up more and more, leaving neighbors with little to do but sit back and watch the grass grow.News 12 Long Island asked around to find out what's being done about the problem. Officials from each town on Long Island say that while it's the property owner's responsibility to perform maintenance, the towns have the authority to go to unkempt properties and clean them up.Some towns seem to be more pro-active than others. Several towns say they handle the cleanups as a last resort, because it means the town must shell out the cash and hope to be reimbursed later. In some towns, property owners can be slapped with a violation or a fine for not keeping up to certain standards.

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