Rat-infested York, Maine dwelling has no consumers for $400,000 – Seacoastonline.com


YORK, Maine — The city’s try to promote a dilapidated rat-infested property on Darcey Street introduced in provides approach underneath what officers had hoped to get for the property. 

The house at 21 Darcy Street, which burned in a fire in February and is owned by the city by means of a foreclosures, was put in the marketplace this summer time with an asking worth of $400,000. Realtor Lianne Cronin, employed by the city to dealer the deal, informed the board Monday that the best of 5 provides got here again at $276,600. The bottom supply was $225,000.

One woman was displaced from her home Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, after an electrical fire in York, Maine. The home on Darcy Road is shown here the following day.

Interim City Supervisor Kathryn Lagasse mentioned it was additionally found since going to market {that a} lien from the Inside Income Service is on the house, which was seized by the city previous to the hearth in 2020 for lack of tax cost. Lagasse mentioned that mixed with a $15,000 cleanup cost and a invoice from the pest management firm Terminix totals a value of $291,416 owed.

“Which doesn’t match any of the present provides,” Lagasse added. Lagasse mentioned the taxes could possibly be abated, and that the city would search leniency from the IRS, which has an workplace in Portland, Maine.

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Selectboard members mentioned they might be content material with a worth that coated the payments and, if attainable, have some left over to present to the previous proprietor of the house, who’s aged. Mike Estes requested Cronin to succeed in out to the 5 who gave provides to deliver their worth as much as $300,000.

“That approach we all know the city can be complete,” Estes informed Cronin. “That will not less than settle up, and Kathryn (Lagasse) can nonetheless work with the IRS. Possibly they’ll scale back a few of it, perhaps we may give a few of it again to the (former) home-owner.”

The home burned Feb. 23 and displaced the proprietor, who neighbors have mentioned is in a brand new dwelling scenario. The Selectboard turned their consideration to the house within the spring after fielding complaints that the city was taking too lengthy to scrub the property. Neighbors mentioned the house had trash and furnishings within the entrance yard and that vermin had been seen there. The city started cleansing the land in Could, in addition to treating it for pests, although the latter was initially hoped to be coated by a potential purchaser.

The board has expressed curiosity in serving to the lady who misplaced the house by giving a number of the proceeds of the sale to her. They initially thought this was attainable by means of Maine’s Homestead Exemption Program, which ensures folks 65 and older cash from the sale of their dwelling if it had been seized by the city. Tax Assessor Luke Vigue mentioned in July she by no means utilized for the exemption and is due to this fact not eligible.

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The board mentioned of their assembly with Vigue they might think about crafting an ordinance to permit the city to present a share of proceeds from the sale of a town-seized dwelling to the previous proprietor. They had been suggested by then-City Supervisor Steve Burns not to take action till the Could 2023 referendum to present extra time for dialogue on an acceptable share.

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The asking worth was initially set at $400,000 partly as a result of its location in York Harbor the place properties have not too long ago bought for costs of $1.1 million and $900,000, Cronin mentioned in July. Wednesday, she mentioned she had notified the 5 who gave provides on the home that the board would really like $300,000. She mentioned others have additionally since referred to as asking in regards to the dwelling, and if not one of the 5 are fascinated by paying the brand new asking worth, the city will think about going again to the market.

“It doesn’t simply must be these 5 both,” Cronin mentioned. “I believe there’s most likely two or three different folks on the market that had been form of going backwards and forwards, and we are able to simply put it out.”


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