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Foreclosure frustration about vacant and vandalized homes

7:55 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A big blue tarp over a foreclosed home is one thing, but a an open door has an Arlington neighborhood frustrated.

Ashton Park is a community of townhomes off Monument Road and at the entrance stands two foreclosed properties.

"Somebody is coming back stealing appliances," said Sally Swift who lives directly across the street.

The 17 year resident of Ashton Park is frustrated on what she sees happening.

"Our property values have gone down because of the economy, gone down more because of that eyesore," said Swift. 

Someone called the City of Jacksonville to report a public safety problem.

The city said it is working on the complaint with a code officer expected to tag the home in the coming days and giving the property owner 15 days to respond. At that point the city is in a position to secure the property and close the open door.

Homeowner association president Jay Olchak said the homeowners are powerless to do anything. He too is frustrated.

"My lawyer says I cannot do anything yet until the house changes hands and we have someone who can contact. I have not been able to get a hold of the owner," said Olchak who heads up the association of 70 homeowners.

So this community now waits for 15 days to pass with the end result they say hopefully being a front door that is closed and boarded up.

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