Maumee taking proactive approach to foreclosed homes

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - The city of Maumee is hoping to protect city property values by taking a proactive approach to foreclosures. The city's chief building officer is asking the Code Committee to look at property ordinances in hopes that the city can step up what it is doing with foreclosed homes.

Maumee only has about a dozen foreclosed homes, but city officials said there is sometimes confusion over who is in charge of maintaining the property, whether it is the property's former owner or the bank. If no one maintains the property, overgrown lawns or garbage can become a problem.

City officials worry these problems could hurt property owners living near the vacated homes.

"What we're trying to do here is probably more proactive than reactive. We've encountered some issues in where we have homes that are in bad shape or just unkept," said John Jezak, Maumee city administrator.

If the Code Committee does decide to make changes, those ordinances will be drafted and sent to council.

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