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Inspections of vacant houses will help West Seneca combat zombie homes

West Seneca has another tool to help fight zombie houses in the town.

All vacant and abandoned residential property must be inspected by the town before it is sold, according to a local law approved Monday by the Town Board.

"It helps the people that are buying these structures know what they are getting into," said senior code enforcement officer John Gullo.

Inspectors will note any health and building code violations, hazards or structural defects that must be corrected before the sale goes through. The purchaser may agree to correct the deficiencies within 90 days of the sale, or at a time agreed to by the town.

A $200 inspection fee is to be paid by the owner of the property, not the buyer, town officials said.

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