There are currently over 300 empty homes here in Melbourne Florida, due to foreclosure. Some of these are causing real headaches for Code Enforcement officials.
Overgrown yards, unsecure muck filled pools, and rodents are becoming a real issue on some. The number of complaints on these homes has quadrupled in the past couple of years.
Officials are trying to track down the banks/owners of these properties to try to rectify the situations.
Some lawns are becoming so overgrown that the city is posting a warning and is then is mowing the grass and charging the owners.
The city is trying to determine if they should implement additional laws to try to alleviate some of these problems.