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“Good Neighbor Bill” Passes House

SALEM, Ore. — Legislation has passed in the Oregon House to prevent vacant foreclosed homes from becoming neighborhood eyesores.

More than half of all foreclosed homes in Oregon are vacant, but current law does not assign responsibility for the upkeep of these abandoned properties.

This situation has created problems for neighborhoods throughout the state as eyesore properties introduce criminal activity and harm property values.

House Bill 2662A prohibits property owners from neglecting foreclosed properties, requires property owners to post notice of who to contact in case of problems, and allows local governments to attach a lien if a nuisance arises that the property owner does not address.

The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote.