Neighborhood Experiences Rank Side Effect of Foreclosure Crisis

DUMFRIES, Va. -- The mortgage meltdown really stinks for one Dumfries neighborhood.

Thursday was trash day in the Lake Crest subdivision. At least, it was supposed to be trash day. As was Monday. And last Thursday. Actually, it's been about two-and-a-half weeks since the homeowners association was able to pay for pick up.

So trash bags and cans line the sidewalks. With Easter on the way, the whole thing smells like rotten eggs.

Not only does trash look bad and smell bad, it behaves poorly, as well, attracting birds, rats and other potentially unhealthy animals.

The problem? Foreclosures. The neighborhood is littered with them. Fewer homeowners means less dues in the homeowners association coffers.

Armstrong Management Services, which manages the subdivision, refused to comment, but homeowners said they were told a pickup could actually happen on Monday … the next scheduled trash day … three weeks since the last actual trash day.

Otherwise, it's time for a good, old-fashioned family trip to the dump.

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