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Niagara Falls sues Citizens Bank over zombie homes

The City of Niagara Falls, which in August posted mocking signs in front of five zombie homes owned by Citizens Bank, has filed a State Supreme Court lawsuit demanding that the bank either sell the vacant houses or repair building code violations found there.

The lawsuit also seeks to fine the bank $500 for each day the code violations go unrepaired at each property.

The houses are located on Lindbergh, LaSalle and Frontier avenues and on 16th and 77th streets. The lawsuit says that city building inspectors visited each home July 6 and found code violations.

In at least two of the cases, the listed owner has died. In three of the cases, Citizens Bank did not begin a foreclosure process until this year.



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