A Hartford homeowner was shocked to see a bill from the city saying he owes thousands of dollars on a blighted property.
He said he doesn’t understand the bill, since he has been making improvements with the city’s approval at every stage.
Charles Jaikissoon bought the home on Franklin Avenue from the city in 2001.
He has worked tirelessly for the past 14 years, fixing it up inside and out, and it is finally ready for tenants.
But he got a letter three months ago saying he owes thousands of dollars to the city.
“I don't have $7,000, that's hard money to come by, especially fixing paycheck to paycheck, I just can't do it,” Jaikissoon said.
He turned to Channel 3 because he’s been trying to fight this, after getting no warning, even though city inspectors have been at the home multiple times to approve the work he has done.
According to the paperwork, there was a special assessment, and the amount was rolled into his property tax.
Now he owes more than $9,000 by Aug. 1, or faces a penalty.
Plus, Jaikissoon said it is being called “run down.”
With a deadline quickly approaching, Jaikissoon said the city hasn’t returned his calls.
“Just continuing to push me on and on and on,” Jaikissoon said.
Eyewitness News contacted the city on Friday, but the calls have not been returned.
In Hartford, you can fight a special assessment but the paperwork has to be in by mid-March of this year.
The letter Jaikissoon received was dated in mid-April, so he can’t fight it this year.
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