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Banks Default on Gowanus House…now it’s ugly

From the Daily News

Some of the nation’s biggest banks have let THOUSANDS of abandoned New York City homes  seized in foreclosure fall into dangerous disrepair, the Daily News has  found.
Since the housing market collapsed in 2008, banks have repossessed thousands  of homes in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
Records show the city has cited hundreds of these properties for dangerous  conditions such as unstable walls, vermin infestation and illegal  apartments.
In case after case, big banks – including Deutsche  Bank, U.S.  Bank and Fannie  Mae, the quasi-governmental agency that buys mortgages – have ignored city  inspectors, shrugged off hearings and declined to pay fines, records show.
Take 123 Third St. near the Gowanus  Canal in Brooklyn.  Vacant for a long time, the house leans to one side and has a big crack in a  front exterior wall. Its chimney fell onto an adjoining building.
Last fall and again this spring, city inspectors cited U.S. Bank for failure  to maintain the property. The fines, which total $40,000, have not been  paid.
John Vilchis, who  works next-door at a hair salon, points to the crack: “You can see right through  the building. You would think they would come and take care of it.”

Read it here: The Daily News

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