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Niagara Falls renews hunt for zombie houses

The Niagara Falls Zombie Fight Project sent city building inspectors to 28 houses this week, looking for code inspections at houses left by former owners but not resold by the mortgage holders.

If the code violations found in the inspections aren't repaired, the city can sue the mortgage holders to demand repairs or quick sale of the houses. Citizens Bank settled such a suit in March.

Project coordinator Christine Marino wrote in a post on the city website that 34 more "zombie houses" remain to be inspected.

The houses targeted Monday, in what Marino called a "Day of the Dead," included seven owned by PHH Mortgage Co. and Nationstar Mortgage, six owned by Rushmore Loan Management Services, and four owned by Selene Finance and CitiMortgage.


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