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Letters Ordering Home Elevations, Repairs Received by Some Brick Residents

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A house being raised following Superstorm Sandy damage. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A house being raised following Superstorm Sandy damage. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick residents whose homes were considered substantially damaged – meaning damage eclipsed half of their home’s value – in Superstorm Sandy have been receiving letters ordering them to bring their homes into compliance by elevating the structure, however officials say there are other options.

One resident who contacted Shorebeat said she feared losing her home since she could not afford to raise it.

“I’m going to be out on the street,” she said, asking that her name be withheld from publication.

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The reality is that elevating a home is just one way to bring it into compliance. After the storm, those whose homes were substantially damaged were given three years to either repair their homes or elevate them to bring them into compliance with state laws. With the three-year anniversary of Sandy coming up, some of those homeowners have never submitted documentation to town hall indicating that repairs were made, thus proving their home was no longer substantially damaged, said Joanne Bergin, the township’s business administrator.

Homeowners were granted temporary, three year certificates of occupancy allowing them to remain in their homes while repairs were being made.

“The state is saying to us … you need to be following up on those substantially damaged properties that have not come in and gotten permits to elevate or brought in receipts, because they’re just kind of out there in this void,” Bergin said.

The state’s edict prompted the township to send out letters to property owners who have not been in touch with the town since their homes were declared substantially damaged. But township officials have also been worried that homeowners are selling homes that were substantially damaged without notifying the buyer.

Homeowners from numerous neighborhoods in town have reported receiving the letters, from those in lagoon neighborhoods to residents of the Seaview Village senior citizen community.

“Our concern is that people are selling these properties and not telling the buyers that the properties are substantially damaged,” said Bergin.

Elevating a home is one way to bring it into compliance, but so is submitting receipts that prove damage from the storm has been repaired, Bergin said.

“They have to bring in receipts and say, ‘I did all these repairs, let’s sit and do the math,’ said Bergin. “The options are very specific to what works best for you.”


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  • Concerned Brick Resident

    BEFORE THEY START STEALING HOMES FROM HARD WORKING FAMILIES OF THIS TOWN(THE FAMILIES THAT ARE STILL RECOVERING TO GET THERE BILLS BACK ON TRACK AFTER SANDY AND LIVING WITH THE ASTRONOMICAL TAXES HERE.) LOOK AROUND THIS TOWN. BRICK AND THESE HOUSE LIFTERS ARE MOST LIKELY WORKING HAND IN HAND TO MAKE THESE OUT OF STATE GUYS MONEY HAND OVER FIST, THEY SHOULD CONDEMN 581 MANTOLOKING RD A FACILITY ONE OF THESE HOME LIFTERS WORKS OUT OF EVERY STRUCTURE ON THAT PROPERTY SHOULD BE CONDEMNED AND TORN DOWN AS WELL AS SOIL TEST THE GROUND, YOU CAN SEE THE HIDEOUS CONDITIONS ITS LEFT IN JUST BY DRIVING BY THE WIDE OPEN GATE OR DILAPIDATED FENCE . BEFORE THEY TAKE A SAFE HOME FROM A RIGHTFUL HOMEOWNER, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE HANDLING OF THE CONDEMNED AND DESTROYED PROPERTIES LITTERED AROUND BRICK, BUT THEIR REQUIREMENTS OF ARE FAR TO SHORT TO MANDATE LIFTING ALL THESE HOMES.

  • Chief Wahoo

    You are at War. You are losing. You better wake up. QUICKLY !!!

  • Janet Suriano

    My husband and I went to the town and explained that we did make all the repairs. Our home is fine,but we were told that regardless we had to raise it and if we did not we would lose our certificate of occupancy and be fined $2000.00 a day if we did not comply. My husband is 80 years old and did most of the work with help from contractors. We are paying back FEMA the $25000.00 we borrowed. We certainly cannot afford to raise our home. the attitude of the town was too bad the township would lose grant money they are receiving if we do not raise our home in another year. Someone should inform the township of these other options as we were told there weren’t any.

  • Al D

    We are a local builder in Point Pleasant Beach, our company dates back to 1926. We’ve now been getting calls from longstanding customers regarding this issue. If you are still not compliant and have not had the work done yet to do so, check out our web site: http://www.wardhomeservices.com and give us a call if you’d like a good local honest contractor to do the work.