There are more than 150 abandoned homes in Watertown. A report put out by the city assessor finds homes in the city can be empty for months, even years, before the bank takes them over.
Vacant homes have become such a problem in Watertown, the city council has had trouble wrapping their head around what to do.
Brian Phelps, the city assessor, visited hundreds of empty homes and poured over stacks of paperwork to figure out why these homes were abandoned.
“As many vacant homes as there are, are as many individual stories.”