Nobody appreciates an ill-managed and dilapidated home or building in their community.
Contacting the Town of Hempstead Department of Buildings is one way residents can take care of those "eyesores."
Hempstead Town code states that homes fit for condemnation will be determined so by the manager of the town's building department, which is "responsible for performing all inspection and enforcement activities with relation to all laws, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations within the general administration of the department."
The following reasons are given by the town for potential condemnation under its housing and rehabilitation code:
- One which is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, insanitary, unsafe or vermin-infested that it creates a serious hazard to the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.
- One which lacks illumination, ventilation or sanitation facilities adequate to protect the health or safety of the occupants or of the public as prescribed by the provisions of this code.
- One which because of its general condition or location is insanitary or otherwise dangerous to the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.
For questions or concerns regarding the town's code, residents can call the building department at (516) 538-8500.
In the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, town officials agreed to have Smithtown Building and Public Safety employees head out to inspect, and in some cases re-inspect, to decide whether or not they can be deemed unsafe under town code over a three-week period after receiving several phone calls in July.
Do you have any building or homes in your community that are eyesores? If so, tell us where in the comment section below