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Huntington adds new fee for vacant home inspections

A sign outside Huntington Town Hall is seen

A sign outside Huntington Town Hall is seen in an undated photo. Credit: Alexi Knock

The Huntington Town Board adopted a law that adds a $100 fee for inspections to identify and confirm whether houses within the town are vacant and abandoned.

The town Department of Public Safety will conduct vacant home inspections. Until now, vacant home inspections were done without a fee. The department will also maintain the Vacant Buildings Registration, which will be available for public inspection.

As the number of requests to inspect abandoned and vacant homes grows, it becomes costly to use Public Safety for inspections without proper remuneration from the property owner, town board member Susan Berland said.

"It is a common-sense approach to charge a fee to the owner of the vacant and/or abandoned building to assess its status in the foreclosure process," she said.

The board voted 5-0 to pass the measure at the Sept. 16 town board meeting.

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