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Old 06-15-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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Good morning! Long time lurker, first time poster. We reside in Tennessee and are currently in a contract for a short sale home in SW Cape Coral, and hope to close on 6/29. We are having issues with getting the home inspection since the current owner stopped paying his utilities and they were shut off. That's another story.

Our realtor went to the house to make sure the power and water were back on for the inspection, and found a note on the door about a fine for not keeping up the yard. When I asked what fees, fines, and assessments would follow the property rather than the owner, she said this fine would be our responsibility.

Now, my question: How often will the property be fined? Every day? Every week? We can't close until the 29th, and we won't be able to really work on the yard until the middle of July. I have no idea how much the fine is, and we would rather not face thousands in fines, if possible.

Thanks in advance for any insight you knowledgable folks can provide!
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:48 AM
 
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I think the Cape will post and fine if your grass is over 12-18" high ( this was many years ago) , so I am not sure of their policies now. You may want to call someone over at City hall and let them know your situation. Years ago they used to cut the grass for those out of town landowners ( there were a lot of them ) then assess your tax bill with the cutting costs.
I had a friend who lived in the Cape and he told me that was the way it went . I am sure with staffing cuts things may have been changed .
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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Good morning! Long time lurker, first time poster. We reside in Tennessee and are currently in a contract for a short sale home in SW Cape Coral, and hope to close on 6/29. We are having issues with getting the home inspection since the current owner stopped paying his utilities and they were shut off. That's another story.

Our realtor went to the house to make sure the power and water were back on for the inspection, and found a note on the door about a fine for not keeping up the yard. When I asked what fees, fines, and assessments would follow the property rather than the owner, she said this fine would be our responsibility.

Now, my question: How often will the property be fined? Every day? Every week? We can't close until the 29th, and we won't be able to really work on the yard until the middle of July. I have no idea how much the fine is, and we would rather not face thousands in fines, if possible.

Thanks in advance for any insight you knowledgable folks can provide!
They can start fining at 12 inches. Usually they send you a warning to cut the grass by a date, if you do not, they fine you. They will then fine you every time code enforcement notices your grass not cut. You might be able to get out of one or two of the fines with your situation, but at some point they will not cut you any slack. If you are pretty certain you getting house I would call a lawn company and just have them cut it until you get here. The fines are $100 and I believe they double each week, not positive on either of those, just what I hear. It would only cost you $60 or so for a month of cutting, you do the math. Any fines or fees placed on the property by the town stick with the property. About 8 years ago I heard a story of a guy refusing to move his boat, so they continually fined him for about a year, something to the tune of $10,000 or something crazy. Eventually the town foreclosed on his house. This is just a story I heard from someone, so it may be all fluff, just letting you know.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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That could really add up in a month. I will see if our realtor can get it done for us. Thanks a bunch everyone!
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:48 AM
 
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Also,make sure the A/C is working so that you don't have any mold issues,
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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Here we go again with bogus information.
Not having the AC running does not cause mold issues. AC can be the cause of mold issues.
this has been posted many times now yet there are still individuals spreading bilge.
Get the information on mold issues by searching the internet to get correct information,
Do not assume that individuals on this board know what they are talking about. You could waste a lot of money for absolutely nothing
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Here we go again with bogus information.
Not having the AC running does not cause mold issues. AC can be the cause of mold issues.
this has been posted many times now yet there are still individuals spreading bilge.
Get the information on mold issues by searching the internet to get correct information,
Do not assume that individuals on this board know what they are talking about. You could waste a lot of money for absolutely nothing
I doubt if many vacant, foreclosed homes have all the windows open.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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I would reread your contract. The seller is obligated to keep up with the lawn/maintenance until closing, or they are out of contract. That goes for a reg. seller or a foreclosure-unless there was an additional addendum stating otherwise.

I had this happen before and I told them: "NO SIR. You keep the grass cut, pay the fines and then we will close."

The seller should be held accountable.


Ask your agent. They know what you have signed....etc.

Good luck! That is Bologna!!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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CCRESI, You are correct! I spoke to my agent again, and the fines stay with the seller. I must have misunderstood when we initially talked about it. That's quite a relief.

I feel so bad for the neighbors. Their houses and yards are beautifully maintained and our diamond in the rough has to be driving down property values. They'll just have to hang in there a little longer.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, FL
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CCRESI, You are correct! I spoke to my agent again, and the fines stay with the seller. I must have misunderstood when we initially talked about it. That's quite a relief.

I feel so bad for the neighbors. Their houses and yards are beautifully maintained and our diamond in the rough has to be driving down property values. They'll just have to hang in there a little longer.
Good. The fines should be paid at closing by the seller so you will have clear and marketable title.

Good luck with closing next week
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