Foreclosed Home to be Demolished in West Seneca

December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM EDT


WEST SENECA, N.Y (WKBW) The West Seneca Town Board has voted to demolish the property at 17 Round Trail Road after months of trying to get the bank responsible for the house to either sell it or make repairs.

The home is part of a growing problem in America called 'Incomplete Foreclosure' where properties fall into disrepair while the long legal foreclosure process drags on.

The demolition will cost the Town of West Seneca close to $15,000, with that cost being added to the tax assessment for the property.

Assemblyman Michael Kearns (D-145th Assembly District) is trying to change the Real Property, Actions, and Proceedings law to make bank more responsible in foreclosure actions.

During the last session of the legislature, Kearns successfully passed a bill in the Assembly that requires banks to notify municipalities with contact information for a foreclosed property.

When the NY State Legislature goes back into session for 2013, Assemblyman Kearns will also introduce a second bill that will require banks to act in "Good Faith" when it comes to maintenance on a foreclosed home.

"This will give municipalities an opportunity to commence legal action to get them {banks} to be responsible for that property," commented Assemblyman Kearns.