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The Model Abandoned Property Act

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The Model Abandoned Property Act

When a homeowner abandons a residence, the effect of the vacant property is often felt by other unrelated parties. Neighboring homes may suffer from reduced market value. The abandoned home may be occupied by squatters or used as a location for criminal activity. The property may become infested by vermin or serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, consequently impairing public health. Local municipalities receive reduced tax revenues due to tax delinquencies, and they often incur additional costs for fire and police protection. If the abandoned real estate is part of a condominium or homeowners’ association, the remaining unit owners are saddled with additional expenses for upkeep of common elements. In cases of multiple abandonments in the same area, whole neighborhoods may become blighted.

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