The Town of Easton has ordered the property condemnation of a piece of land that has plagued the residents of the landscaped Village Gate Community for years. The Easton real estate at issue is apparently overgrown with weeds, rotted trees, and burned out trailers, in stark contrast to the otherwise manicured townhouse community.
According to Wicked Local Easton, neighbors of the blight on 427 Turnpike Street have been concerned with the property saying that it invites vermin and vagrants. On the property are piles of trash and three trailers left in disrepair. One of the trailers was damaged in a fire three years ago, and the debris of the fire has been left on the property ever since. Neighbors have expressed concern that the eyesore affects their own home values.
Now the town has become involved and issued an order of condemnation against the owner of the property, Phillip Kempler of Brookline. In the order, an Easton health agent noted several health and safety violations including failure to maintain a dwelling unit in sanitary condition, excessive accumulation of garbage, and a leaky oil tank.
What the order of condemnation means is that Kempler must clean up the property including removing the three trailers and also that he must get the town's approval prior to reoccupying the property.
Generally, local governments like towns and cities have the power to take steps to ensure the health and welfare of their residents. A condemnation proceeding is one such step that the government can take against dangerous property, and generally involves restricting or taking private property that is a health risk.
Local governments usually stay out of private real estate matters. But in Phillip Kempler's Easton real estate property condemnation matter, the Town of Easton was so concerned that it deemed it necessary to step in.
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