Failing to keep your lawn in top shape could mean time behind bars in one Long Island, N.Y. village. The Massapequa Park village board passed a law requiring homeowners to keep their properties in decent condition or face hefty fines and possible jail time, reports the Massapequa press.
In addition, “eyesores” such as broken gutters, full dumpsters and unattended shopping carts mean trouble for homeowners. The village granted owners, which include banks that have foreclosed properties ten days to comply with the order before penalties are enforced.
First offense is a $1,000 dollar fine and a third offense within five years can mean 15 days in jail and a fine up to $10,000. “People take great pride in this village and they take great pride in their property,” said Massapequa Park Mayor, James Altadonna. “There’s a few landowners who don’t feel the same way as the rest of us and we’ve really tried to work with them.”