Zombie Homes

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On Long Island, the Town of Brookhaven will require owners of abandoned or foreclosed homes to register with the town starting next year.

Database To Help Smithtown Rehab Zombie Homes

Jun 13, 2019
Don Ryan / AP

New York State grants are enabling public safety officials in Smithtown, Long Island, to monitor the town for properties on the verge of foreclosure. They are now prepared to fix up these "zombie homes" instead of demolishing them.

Don Ryan / AP

In New York $9 million in grant funding has been set aside to help local governments deal with vacant and abandoned properties stuck in foreclosure, known as “zombie homes.”

Oyster Bay Bans Plywood From 'Zombie Homes'

Feb 20, 2018
Mike Groll / AP

On Long Island, the Town of Oyster Bay has banned the use of plywood to cover windows and doors on foreclosed “zombie homes,” in an attempt to eliminate the boarded-up eyesores in its neighborhoods.

The new law went into effect last week and requires the use of polycarbonate, a strong, clear plastic, to cover windows on the foreclosed homes.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino says the new law addresses quality of life concerns caused by vacant homes.

Don Ryan / AP

New York has purchased an additional 92 mortgages on Long Island in danger of going into foreclosure in order to keep properties from becoming “zombie homes.”