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Old 05-21-2019, 10:04 AM
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We moved to our new house in Allentown @1 year ago. The owners next
to us left the country and put their house for sale. The house is a mess.
The weeds range from 3'-5' tall. Grass obviously is a mess. The house
is for sale at a ludicrous price "as is" and won't sell without a significant
drop in price. I managed to talk to a real estate agent recently about this.

I initially (first 9-10 months) contacted the realtor to get things done. But
they're not property managers and it takes them a long time to get back to me.
It should - owners aren't here and contacting them is hard. But contacts in
Allentown gov. said I shouldn't have to keep contacting the selling agents.

I understand the City of Allentown is responsible for houses like this.
I've done more than my share of legwork to get the owners or realtors
to clean up the house. I've spoken with a real estate agent who estimated
the cost to fix the house (if bought) is 50-60k (and that's a possibility).
The price isn't dropping ...

A contact at the City, who has been nice, put me in touch with the person
responsible for badly kept properties but after 2.5 weeks, no response. Now
the contact again wants me to attend a city meeting for residents. I can't
because I'm deaf (late in life) and I can't because of other issues related to my
inability to hear. There has to be a workaround. The ordinance is clear - when
weeds are >10" high, its in violation. If sidewalks aren't cleared after snow, it's
in violation (after not clearing it for some hours after the snowfall).

I'm pursuing other avenues and that may involve the Attorney General at some
point but I've found AGs in other states paper pushers only ...

Any suggestions from those of you familiar with Allentown government and how
it works? I like the response about othe issues but when it comes to this house
(in a nice area), I'm batting 0.

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Old 05-21-2019, 12:35 PM
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Can you get another neighbor involved? I would also suggest contacting your local State Representative Mike Schlossberg or Peter Schweyer. If nothing else, they should be able to give you a course of action.
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