Buffalo's Vacant Homes: New Way to Report Problem Properties

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - If you live next to a home that's fallen into disrepair, you may have a new way to report it.
An easier and faster way.
That's if Buffalo Housing Court Judge Henry Nowak gets his way.
He's drafted city legislation that would streamline the process of reporting "problem properties".
"This would allow a community group or neighbor to bring a case directly to court, identify their concerns and either the occupant or owner could respond directly and then we could come up with a plan to solve it." Nowak told Eyewitness News.
Recently the city has made strides in identifying and punishing owners of vacant homes-- but often times many properties "slip through the cracks."
If this legislation is passed, it would create a single standardized procedure for neighboring property owners and others affected to secure legal and equitable remedies.
Nowak's legislation is now being reviewed by the Buffalo Common Council. It's up to the Council to pass it.
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