Jersey City to place liens on properties that are not well maintained

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A Hudson County city is cracking down on property owners who do not take care of their homes or buildings.

Jersey City officials passed a resolution Wednesday to place liens on properties that have not been well maintained. City officials say they are targeting at least 28 properties that have become an eyesore.

Buildings like 125 Monitor St., which is vacant and in disrepair, are on the list. Officials say that the owner has been warned multiple times and is now getting billed $5,000 a day to pay for the work that the Jersey City Department of Public Works has done to clean up the yard. Next comes a lien on the property.

“The goal is to put enough pressure on landlords that they feel some sense of urgency,” says Mayor Steven Fulop.

Fulop says that he wants to force cleanups or a sale to someone who cares about the neighborhood.

"The more that this gets complicated with the city engaged in liens on the property it becomes difficult for them,” Fulop says.

Public records show that 125 Monitor St. is assessed at $700,000 and is owned by a Yosef Brickman. News 12 New Jersey reached out to Brickman for comment, but was hung up on when trying to explain the reason for the call.

City officials say that major concerns for these properties are potential fire dangers and reduced property values for neighbors. The city says that the owners have all been warned multiple times.

The mayor says after the first 28 properties receive notice of liens, the city will move onto the next 28.

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