MANTOLOKING — The borough council approved an amended ordinance regarding abandoned and vacant properties at their Sept. 20 meeting.
“This ordinance is in response to a change in the state statute that was specifically erected to properties under foreclosure and that’s why it’s separated out that way,” Jean Cipriani, borough attorney.
Ms. Cipriani said, “If a property is abandoned otherwise, the difficulty with that it depends on how abandoned it is because in some ways if it is truly abandoned and no one is there and they are non-responsive and have trouble with service, we are better off if we have a bank or someone we can hold responsible under this ordinance.”
“The amendments include, but are not limited to, the establishment of a registration program for properties in which a summons and complaint in an action to foreclose has been filed,” Lynne Hazelet, deputy clerk said.
Previously on the ordinance, Ms. Cipriani said that this ordinance is about the requirements on a foreclosing bank usually.
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