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October 22, 2013

Franklin County land-auction showings today

MALONE — Showings will be conducted today on some of the 82 properties Franklin County plans to sell Wednesday at its foreclosed-land auction.

The sale, which will be conducted by Haroff Auction and Realty Inc., will begin at 11 a.m. at Mo’s Pub and Grill on Route 11 in Malone. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

A variety of vacant lots, abandoned commercial sites and homes will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

CONDITIONS

Soon, legislators will revise the land-sale policy, which will likely place more responsibility on municipal building-code officers to ensure future buyers follow the conditions of purchase.

Buyers must bring the property they buy at auction up to state and local building codes within 18 months of purchase, as stated in the county’s policy.

But Legislator Sue Robideau said it isn’t fair to single out certain owners who purchase a property, when the home next door to the newly purchase parcel “is just as run down.

“I’ve been in some of these homes,” she said. “People are living there, and they aren’t safe. I’d say it’s a fire hazard.

“I don’t feel I should be telling people to bring it up to code when next door is in a same shape.”

Rarely is there any followup or penalty if the new owner does not comply with the terms of the sale to clean up a property.

But County Attorney Jonathan Miller said it’s up to the municipality where the purchase takes place to follow up once a county sale has been completed.

“It’s not like we’re the landlords, and people can be told to get out,” he said. “It’s up to the code officer.”

PROPERTY SHOWINGS

Four properties in the Village of Malone will be opened for viewing today, starting at 9:30 a.m. at 14 Harrison Place followed at 9:55 a.m. by a showing at 199 Duane St.

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