Zombie Property Program


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The Zombie Property Program is a grant-funded initiative to document and report abandoned properties within the village limits of Massena. Enacted in September 2017, its main focus thus far has been to create a database of these properties for New York State records. However moving forward the project will be offering information about preventative measures for those facing foreclosure. We plan on having open floor meetings in which the community can learn about the program and its resources. Creating a hotline structure where the community can participate by providing information about properties in Massena that fit the "Zombie" description

What is a "Zombie Property" and what are my obligations?

A "Zombie" property is a home that has been abandoned by the homeowner, typically in the face of a foreclosure action. Because they are unoccupied, these homes are not maintained and therefore fall into disrepair. These properties become a drain on community resources, and decrease the value of the surrounding properties. The job of the Massena Zombie Property Program is to document these houses and report them to New York State. New York State will find who is liable for the property and hold them accountable. Responsibilities of mortgage holders for Zombie properties include cutting the grass, securing the property, removing garbage, etc.

Where can I find more information?

While Massena is still growing our database and system for reporting Zombie Properties, New York State has an established hotline. To report a property you can call (800) 342-3736 or visit the DFS online complaint portal at http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/fileacomplaint.htm 

For more local information, Massena residents can contact the Village of Massena Building Department at (315) 769-6803 or via email at codeclerk@village.massena.ny.us If you know of a potential Zombie property in Massena please fill out this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CR62LHL