I reside in Queens, NY and for the past 2 years, I've had squatters living next door. To say they've been a nuisance
would be an understatement. From the horrible ordor eminating from their yard--which makes it unbearable to go into my back yard, to the loud physical and verbal altercations, music playing and multiple pit bull dogs --who frequently escape and enter my yard and the yards of other neighbors
-- barking non stop into the early morning hours, these people have caused every disturbance imaginable. I spoke to the homeowner
who stated he no longer has ties to the property and claimed it is foreclosed and bank owned but upon speaking to the mortgage
company, I was advised the home is pre-for-closed and they will be working with their attorneys to initiate forclosure to enable the legal eviction
process. To my knowledge, this process will be lengthy especially, when dealing with a homeowner who doesn't want to be involved. Is there anything I can do to further assist the mortgage company in speeding this process ? Can myself and other neighbors file a civil suit against the owner for failure to act and perhaps give him some incentive to do so ? If so, are there legal fees involved in such a lawsuit ? Your expert advice is greatly appreciated in this urgent matter.