• Bank Fines for Abandoned Properties in South Jersey?

    Years after the country’s massive housing crisis and financial meltdown, banks and local governments are still haggling over the details of what to do with large numbers of foreclosed or otherwise abandoned properties.

    The bump in the housing market left a lot of empty buildings in communities all over America. In some places, like Detroit, the problem was evidently much worse. But in other places, such as southern New Jersey, local towns and suburban areas have seen their own spates of uninhabited houses, where weeds grow tall, buildings crumble and lack of upkeep becomes a problem.

    August 25 coverage in NJ.com included a readership poll about new laws that would allow some of New Jersey’s townships to assess upkeep fees for these properties, to levy fines against the banks for buildings that are not kept in good shape.

    Responses ran the gamut — many ideas about dealing with these challenges engage our opinions about what needs to happen in a free market industry when unanticipated ‘black swan’ events cause major disruptions in market. Regardless, the problem remains — houses sitting vacant increase public risk in lots of ways.

    Abandoned Homes and Personal Injury

    From the perspective of the average personal injury lawyer, you’re likely to hear that someone should be charged money to keep up these properties, if only because abandoned real estate adds certain kinds of public health risks. A personal injury lawyer might say that a property owner can ‘pay for upkeep now, to avoid paying a lot later’ in the form of a personal injury settlement.

    One risk is that with overgrown grass weeds and landscaping, it gets harder to spot any obstacles or dangerous items lying around the property. That makes it more likely that someone will stumble or trip over something, or worse. And that leaves a lot of liability in play.

    Fences or other enclosures for amenities like pools are another issue. Beyond that, there’s the risk related to chances that children or animals could get inside the building, or an outbuilding or some kind of other enclosure.

    Representing Personal Injury Victims

    In a personal injury case, Bridgeton slip and fall lawyers will look at all of these kinds of issues to determine where the owners of a property, or other responsible parties, failed to act proactively to eliminate or limit risk. In these cases, in a slip and fall case or other injury case, there would be a big question facing property owners, whether that’s a bank, or another lien holder, or the original owner. Simply put, property owners have a responsibility to keep their property safe for the public.

    Call Bridgeton Slip and Fall Lawyers

    If you’re facing injuries from an unfortunate public accident, call the Bridgeton slip and fall lawyers at Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr, LLC. We help New Jersey families to get money that they need for taking care of a loved one. We will help you to build a personal injury case that works with knowledge of federal, state and local law, and we’ll advise you on likely outcomes. We’ll be on your side as we work to resolve your injury case in your favor.

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