Friday, November 30, 2012
☞ QUESTION: Are Shell Owner's Accountable?
I moved onto the block 10 years ago and the entire time the brownstone two doors down from me has been uninhabited. The owner has made no effort to maintain it or the sidewalks. It is used as a dumping ground and urinal by passersby, and often reeks offensively. It is crawling with rats and other varmints. I'm attaching some photos so you can get a sense of how it normally looks. She has received thousands of dollars worth of sanitation tickets but they have not made an iota of difference.
My question is what recourse do we have in such an instance? I know other cities have blight laws, but we don't seem to have that here. The owner's unwillingness to maintain her property is affecting rest of us who must deal with the stench and garbage and the slippery sidewalks when she doesn't shovel or salt in the wintertime. We have written letters to the mayor's office and have had no response. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
*Above photo is not the the property in question but a typical shell found on some blocks.