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Blighted properties, abandoned by their owners in residential areas, create safety hazards, attract crime and lower property values. The AGO’s Abandoned Housing Initiative uses the enforcement authority of the State Sanitary Code to turn these properties around. Working in close partnership with cities and towns, the AGO seeks out delinquent owners of abandoned residential property and encourages them to voluntarily repair their properties and make them secure. If owners refuse, then AGO attorneys will petition the relevant court to appoint a receiver to bring the property up to code.