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The Local Agenda: Hall launches foreclosure list

POSTED: November 18, 2013 11:44 p.m.

Owners of foreclosed property in Hall County must now register with the county Marshal’s Office and pay a $100 fee.

The registry gives the county another tool to hold owners of vacant property responsible for code violations or safety issues. Foreclosures can look rundown, attract thieves and vandals, and lower surrounding property values.

Melissa McCain, Hall County Board of Commissioners clerk, said in a news release that area banks and mortgage companies will get a letter about the new registry. Properties in Hall County and outside the cities that were foreclosed on prior to Oct. 1 need to be registered by Jan. 2. Properties foreclosed on after Sept. 30 have 90 days from the foreclosure or vacancy date to register.

The owners of these properties can log on to hallcounty.org, fill out the foreclosure registry form and submit that paperwork to the county along with $100. The money must be paid, and a new foreclosure registry form filed, any time the foreclosed property changes hands.

Forms that are incomplete, unreadable or turned in with no fee will be returned. Those who fail to register a foreclosed property can be fined up to $1,000. Tickets for code violations can add additional fines.

Real property that has been vacant and used no utilities in 60 days must also register.

Payments to the Hall County Foreclosure Registry by mail may be made by check or money order. Payments using cash, check or credit card can be made in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The creation of a foreclosure registry was approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners in June. It could also be used in the county’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The NSP was funded by a federal grant that allows the county to buy foreclosed properties, rehabilitate and sell them.

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