The process of taking care of a zombie house can take years, and it often starts with a phone call from residents complaining about an issue they’ve spotted at an abandoned property – overgrown grass, broken windows, piles of trash.

After that, it’s up to the town to track down the responsible party or address the problem. Often it’s a mix of the two, costing the town in both dollars and manpower.

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Click through this interactive timeline to see real examples of how officials in the Town of Babylon addressed one zombie house and how much it cost.

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