Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 29, 2012

Homeowner files for bankruptcy protection

Filing delays town action against Osgood Street property

Town health officials are still working to take action against Susan Odle over the state of her two homes, but a recent bankruptcy filing is delaying the process.

Any efforts to force Odle to clean up either of her two Andover properties — a historic home at 116 Osgood Street and a condominium unit at 38 Michael Way — will now need to move through bankruptcy court, according to Andover Health Director Tom Carbone.

Last year, Odle filed for bankruptcy protection as a court case brought against her by her condominium association moved forward.

“They had to get relief from the bankruptcy court first, which they did,” Carbone said.

After that, the Michael Way condo was cleaned out, with Odle’s belongings being put in black trash bags and thrown into a dumpster.

Within a couple weeks, those bags started piling up in front of her Osgood Street property.

The town is moving forward with action on Osgood Street, though the bankruptcy protection will slow their progress, according to Carbone.

“My understanding is when you file for bankruptcy protection, all of your assets are essentially frozen,” Carbone said. “That’s put on there so the person filing can’t try to pay off just one person. It’s supposed to give them an opportunity to recognize or set up a payment plan.”

In the meantime, the condominium association on Michael Way is reaching out to the Board of Health for ideas.

“They were notifying the town that there seems to be some activity there, and they were looking for us to take action,” Carbone said. “They’re making some assumptions. They may be right assumptions, but we would never take action on assumptions.”

Carbone also said the association will likely have better success dealing with Odle’s Michael Way property in court. “Because they took the last action and were able to get the injunctions, they would be the appropriate party to petition the court,” he said.

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