"There are over 9,000 Class 1 properties (one to three family homes) on the lien sale list today . . . " says a press release from Vann's office.
The water liens, according to the Councilmember, are the more serious problem, making up 80 percent of the total.
These liens can cause enormous hardship to the homeowners, Vann's office says.
"Once the liens are sold, homeowners are charged 18% daily compounded interest and must repay the debt within one year to avoid facing foreclosure," according to the release.
"This makes it imperative for homeowners to address the situation before the liens are sold."
The issue of liens may shape up as an important one in the current race for Bed-Stuy's City Council seat, as Vann is being challenged by as many as half a dozen hopefuls.