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Vacant Houses In Brookhaven Must Register Under New Law

Fee of $250 required of property owners of abandoned homes.

Brookhaven Town Hall.
Brookhaven Town Hall.
A “Vacant House Registry” has been unanimously adopted by Brookhaven town board Tuesday, which the town says will combat abandoned houses and buildings in neighborhoods.

The law requires owners of vacant properties to register with the town by paying a $250 fee, and providing contact information for whomever is responsible for maintaining it. The town says similar laws exist in major cities such as Boston, Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as Babylon town on Long Island.

“These dangerous eyesores threaten the quality of life of the people who live nearby and seriously affect the property values of the other homes in the neighborhood,” Romaine said in a release. “All of them are owned by someone - a bank, a corporation or some other entity.”

Failure or refusal of a property owner to register within 30 days after they become due results in a fine of $1,000 to $15,000 for each.

Residents are able to report possible housing and property violations using a mobile app the town released in September as well as by calling 631-451-TOWN during business hours of 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This registry was first announced by Town Supervisor Ed Romaine as part of a September press conference in front of a boarded up house in Coram.

What are your thoughts on this registry? And what vacant properties do you think should be on it? Talk about it in the comments below this post.
Snookie Barboza Tapp December 09, 2013 at 07:34 AM
What about all the abandoned Brookhaven town owned buildings. One for instance, the old town hall on S. OCEAN Ave?? We, the residents, are paying taxes on this building that just sits there & now we, the residents, are going to have to pay abandonment fees as well??? When is this town going to do something to help us residents rather than tapping our paychecks. We are tapped out!!! Time to start using these buildings as revenue generators instead of revenue drainers.
john b December 09, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Having absentee landlords held accountable sounds like a great idea to me. Hopefully Islip Town adopts the same policy.
Snookie Barboza Tapp December 09, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I agree with the absentee landlord responsibility fee totally. Hopefully it will stop all these empty homes/businesses from becoming eyesores. I am just concerned about all the town buildings falling into the same category & being fined for empty buildings fees. Our taxes ae so so so high now, this would add more fees to our tax bill. The town will need to establish an abandonment time. How many months the building needs to be empty to get charged that fee.
john b December 09, 2013 at 12:42 PM
So true about the taxes. Hopefully a proper system can be implemented that does not punish the innocent tax payer. Last year us Islip Town residents got slammed with a 28% town tax hike and I'm not even sure why.
Snookie Barboza Tapp December 10, 2013 at 07:36 AM
I know about that tax last year for Islip. That's from years of mismanagement catching up to the times. I don't know if Brookhaven officials are capable of implementing a proper system. They are so our of control. I know that they say they are doing it for the communities but down deep I know they are just doing it for the money.........somebody wants a raise & needs funding. We will see!!
john b December 10, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Best of luck to all of us. We need it.
Snookie Barboza Tapp December 10, 2013 at 08:02 AM
We sure do!

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