Kennedy and Ryan Want to Change Foreclosure Laws

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Seas Ryan joined several concerned Cheektowaga residents living on Gary Lane Friday morning, over a foreclosed home on that street.

The home has fallen into a state of disaster due to a lengthy foreclosure process. Leaders now want to change current legislation that would force banks to provide property and maintenance during any type of foreclosure tie-up.

"Inside, there are broken pipes, a basement full of water, rodents, skunks, squirrels, and possibly rats running in and out of this home," said Senator Kennedy. "This is unacceptable and it needs to be demolished."

The first part of the legislation would try to prevent a foreclosure from happening to a homeowner through extensive written notices and providing assistance in tough financial time.

If legislation is passed, the law would require banks to maintain the vacant property in the event of a foreclosure inside and out, and keep the house up to code during the entire process.

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