|The house with the plywood on the front window near 95th & Michigan|
I've had my eye on this house with the plywood during the summer. One there was a plastic container top in one of the windows that had gang markings written on it. It struck me as inviting trouble.
I also had no idea that squatters were living there. It was also said that they're stealing electricity.When the Roseland Heights residents mentioned that I recalled that there was a satellite dish on the roof!
It's unclear to me if that house was under foreclosure. It would've been my assumption that the place was being rented by a largely absentee landlord who didn't care that the house was falling into disrepair. Also that the grass wasn't being cut.
If the house was under foreclosure surely there are remedies in place that would help keep that house secured. Ald. Lyle said we need to go after those financial institutions that just sit on these foreclosed properties and write them tickets. The question here is what exactly is the punishment. Can the city take the property away from the financial institution or can they force them to sell?
One thing is for certain that house with the plywood needs to be under the ownership of someone who will take care of this place.