Dilapidated and abandoned houses drag down property values in surrounding homes. That’s why some community groups encourage neighbors to fix up the abandoned properties. Now, those groups may be getting some help from Ohio legislators. They’re considering a bill that would give neighbors some legal protection, when they go onto abandoned properties to beautify them. Youngstown state senator Joe Schiavoni is the author of the measure, and he talked about it with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
Schiavoni says the farm bureau and county prosecutors have suggested some minor adjustments to his bill…but no outright opponents have surfaced, and the measure has had several legislative committee hearings.