GUILFORD TWP. — A headboard, TV and bags of clothing are just some of the items scattered across the front yard of a Seville Road property, neighbor Bill Shook said.
“It got foreclosed on. I don’t know when,” Shook said. “The fourth or fifth of January, they came in and they took all the furniture out and set it out in the front yard. Since then the scavengers have been coming along and helping themselves. They are making a bigger mess out of it than what it was to start with.”
The approximately 2-acre property at 4484 Seville Road is owned by Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., according to Medina County Auditor records.
Records show the property contains a three-bedroom, single-story home built in 1898, a 1,092-square-foot barn built in 1900 and a 396-square-foot garage built in 1930. The property is valued at $135,680.
Township Fiscal Officer Ray Ruprecht said trustees are aware of the situation and are working to resolve it.
A registered letter was sent Feb. 3 to Ocwen Loan Servicing asking it to remove debris from the property.
“That was signed by the trustees and sent out. It came back in the mail with a signature on it,” Ruprecht said.
Ruprecht said once the company signs the registered letter, it has seven days to respond.
“We have to make sure they have received it — a certified mail that indicates someone signed for it in their office — and then we proceed forward from that,” he explained.
There has been no action at the property, so Ruprecht said trustees will send another letter today informing Ocwen Loan Serving that if “you fail to comply to this order within a reasonable time, the township trustees will arrange for removal of such vegetation, garbage, refuge and other debris.”
In the event the township is forced to remove debris from the property, Ocwen Loan Servicing will face an assessment on property taxes.
“That is the action that the trustees are taking,” Ruprecht said.
In addition to an assessment, a notice would be placed on the property by the county auditor’s office informing any potential buyer of an assessment if the property owners fail to comply with the notice, Ruprecht said.
“We don’t want to go on the property and do something without at least going through these steps,” Ruprecht said. Trustees “want to get it cleaned up just as well as a lot of other people.”
Attempts to reach an Ocwen representative for comment were unsuccessful.
Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.