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Portland City Council votes to tackle 'zombie homes'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Portland City Council took big first steps to tackle the city’s “zombie house” problem on Wednesday.

The term refers to abandoned or nuisance properties in various states of disrepair. Currently, there are more than 430 such homes within the city limits.
 
City council members voted unanimously in favor of changing city code to allow the city to purchase these homes, if they meet certain criteria. For example, a house on Northeast 71st and Prescott that is full of garbage and covered in graffiti has eight liens on it and the owner owes nearly $100,000.

The new code means the city can buy the house for the total price of the liens in a foreclosure process.

The council also voted to start the foreclosure process on four other homes in a similar state of disrepair.
 
Portland has not foreclosed on a home in 45 years.
 
Housing officials made it clear at Wednesday’s meeting that the five homes that will now face foreclosure are abandoned and they could not find the owners.

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