In Florida’s ongoing fight to curb the large number of zombie homes, a state appeals court recently issued a ruling that should help local municipalities, reports HousingWire staffer Ben Lane.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida upheld a lower court’s ruling that liens placed on abandoned properties by Florida cities for code violations cannot be extinguished once the home is sold through the judicial process.

Florida has the third highest total of zombie foreclosures, which are homes that have been foreclosed on and abandoned by the home owner but not yet sold.

According to recent data from RealtyTrac, Florida has 2,467 zombie foreclosures as of the second quarter of this year, ranking behind only New Jersey, which has 4,003 zombie homes, and New York, which has 3,352 zombie homes.

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