The Real Deal Miami

Hurricane season adds to foreclosure worries

September 02, 2009 01:06PM

South Florida has enough to worry about when hurricane season arrives, but the profusion of abandoned homes in foreclosure could add to the possible hazards of heavy storms. Ron Szep of the Miami-Dade Building Department said properties that aren’t secured and cared for will add to any debris caused by hurricane damage. The county has dedicated $200,000 to address the problem and has secured 120 homes at an average cost of $3,000 each. Liens on the properties will ensure repayment, the department says.