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Prieto, Benson, Wimberly, Moriarty & Garcia Bill Targeting Creditors Who Fail to Keep Up Vacant Homes Now Law(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen Daniel R. Benson, Benjie E. Wimberly, Paul D. Moriarty and Carmelo G. Garcia that would empower municipalities to take action against creditors who fail to maintain vacant properties that are slated for foreclosure was signed into law on Friday.
The new law (A-1257) gives municipal officials the authority to issue citations and impose fines to ensure that creditors fulfill their responsibility to maintain unoccupied residential properties on which a summons and complaint in an action to foreclose has been filed.
"Vacant properties are neighborhood eyesores that attract pests and criminal activity and drag down property values," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "Municipalities will now be able to take action against creditors who create nuisance situations for neighborhoods and municipalities by failing to maintain vacant properties that are set for foreclosure."