"We don't know how to get hold of out-of-state asset managers. We know how to get hold of you."
So said a City of Atlanta code enforcement officer to real estate agent Wayne Flanagan after issuing Flanagan a ticket for code violations on a foreclosed property that he had listed.
According to an article that appears in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, another agent was hit with $3,311 in fines one month for an apartment complex that he had on the market. Despite the fact that the property had been professionally boarded up, vandals repeatedly tore down the boards and accessed the buildings. The agent paid the fines...then lost the listing.
Overstretched code inspectors--tired of the blight that a glut of foreclosures are bringing to certain neighborhoods in the city, and frustrated by the lack of response they are getting from out-of-state institutions--are zeroing in on the one person who they can easily access--the listing agent, whose name and phone number are on a sign out front.
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