Ansonia blight law threatens fines on landlords

Ansonia

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — Ansonia has adopted what city officials call super anti-blight laws that could impose fines of up to $250 a day and send landlords a clean-up bill if they fail to do the work themselves.

The Connecticut Post reports  that John Marini, corporation counsel, said the ordinance defines blight as anything visual that has a negative impact on health and safety.

He says the town has had anti-blight laws in the past but they were not enforced.

Marini says some homes have run up more than $100,000 in fines over the years and the blight persists. It includes overgrown grass and vegetation, garbage, graffiti and discarded furniture.

Owners of blighted homes will be given 10 business days to fix the problem. Fines will begin to accrue.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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