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In the interest of preserving the integrity of Charles County’s neighborhoods and home values, I propose that those residents feeling the need to sell their large tracts of land for development and their developers’ names individual names, not the names of companies be attached to those parcels of land as “de facto” custodians for at least 30 years after the sale of any dwellings built on it.

That way if any homes are foreclosed upon, the other residents living on that land, have someone to hold accountable for the upkeep, maintenance and security of any adjoining foreclosed dwellings.

Charles County has an ongoing problem with property maintenance and security of foreclosed homes that can drive down home values and drive up homeowner’s insurance for the county’s residents every time a break-in occurs on a vacant, foreclosed house. I believe that those who buy homes buy them in the good faith that the value of the property should reasonably hold unless some unforeseen act of nature like an earthquake or flood drastically alters it.

The only way to ensure that home values are held is for the original sellers and developers to be directly held responsible for the upkeep of the pieces of property on which others are not making mortgage payments to a financial entity.

Any foreclosed properties should be maintained by the land’s original owner and developer until they are resold, and this responsibility should be intact for at least 30 years. Most homeowners who pay mortgages should expect their property values to hold until a house is paid off.

I don’t know about the rest of the residents of Charles County, but the residents in our neighborhood are sick and tired of having to look at property eyesores due to foreclosures. It’s time to start holding those accountable who originally lined their bank accounts by developing their huge tracts of land. They have a responsibility to guarantee to the residents who purchased an investment dwelling on the original developed property that its value will reasonably hold its value, and not be degraded due to an unkempt appearance or it being vandalized due to lack of occupation by an owner.

This solution addresses the issues of property owner’s rights and their responsibilities. It is the only fair solution if our county commissioners insist on approving every sale by property owners all over the county who want to make money off developing their land.

Someone who can be reached has to be held accountable other than those living in that neighborhood or subdivision who do not own that developed land when houses sit vacant.

Mary R. Adler, Waldorf