Homeowners React To Registering In Binghamton

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 9, 2006 at 11:25 PM EDT

If Sean Corrigan of State Street in Binghamton can help the city's long term housing plan by simply filling out a form, he's all for it.

"If it's for a good cause, then I say do it. I don't feel it's an invasion of privacy," says Sean Corrigan of Binghamton.

But some don't feel the same way.

Kevin Scott lives on West End Avenue in Binghamton, and says some people on his block think the city is being just plain nosey.

"It would be a good idea to know who's who, but a lot of families around here probably wouldn't, you know. They own their house and it's probably nobodies business," says Kevin Scott of Binghamton.

Other homeowners in Binghamton say filling out these forms could help crack down on landlords who don't keep the responsibility of cleaning and repairing their rental homes.

Grace Johnson of Matthews Avenue filled out her form last week.

And she's glad to see the city is requiring out of town landlords to do the same.

"For many landlords, especially out of city landlords, that are taking advantage of the situation, maybe they can crack down on some of the substandard housing," says Johnson.

Ellie Farfaglia is a landlord for this home on 132 Murray Street.

She agrees registering every landlord with the city is a good idea.

"We have seen many instances already where some of these out of town property owners look upon these properties as cash cows, and their milking them dry!" says Farfaglia.

And by hearing back from every homeowner and landlord, the city hopes to stop that problem, and plan for future housing needs in the city.

We asked the Mayor's office what types of needs the forms might help determine.

Senior housing was one example given.

Out of area landlords can be fined for not sending these forms back.

But again, for local home owners and landlords, the forms are strictly voluntary.

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