WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — After spending months in Florida recovering from knee surgery, a 69-year-old Long Island man returned home to find that his house had been demolished and all he owned was gone, according to a lawsuit.
Philip Williams sued Hempstead, saying the town went too far in razing the home and getting rid of his possessions.
Town officials said they made every attempt to reach the man before they knocked down the house. The home was destroyed because, town officials said, it violated town code and qualified as a dangerous building.
Officials said they contacted several different addresses associated with the property, including banks and creditors.
Williams says he went to Florida in December, but didn’t forward his mail. He came back in August to see his home gone. His attorney says the town should have done more to contact him.