The National Fair Housing Alliance has recently stated that they filed a discrimination complaint against Bank of America, for not maintaining foreclosed properties specifically in minority neighborhoods, including SW Atlanta.
According to reporting done by Rose Scott at WABE, "since 2009, officials with the National Fair Housing Alliance say Bank of America has been repeatedly warned about its lack of compliance in maintaining the properties."
The report goes on to state that at least 70 properties were researched in the local area, and the majority came back with failing maintenance grades.
Southwest Atlanta residents are not new to seeing foreclosed homes and abandoned homes in the community, and have actually stepped up their own commitment to get code enforcement involved to tear down some of these dilapidated properties.
What IS new and interesting is that according to this report, it is indeed the bank's responsibility to keep up the maintenance of a Bank-Owned property. The report and the National Fair Housing Alliance says that Bank of America has effectively ignored its properties in minority areas including Southwest Atlanta, South Dekalb County, and Stone Mountain.
Read the full report at Public Broadcasting's PBA.org