Amherst couple’s first sign their Buffalo property was in arrears was a notice that it had been sold at auction

Jill Terreri, Buffalo News

The Cottones’ first indication that something was amiss came in a panicked call from one of their tenants, who had just opened an envelope from the City of Buffalo.

Their house in Parkside had been sold.

“You can’t imagine the stress of thinking the unthinkable, that something has happened and your house is gone,” Jerry Cottone said.

An unpaid garbage fee of about $600 had landed their house on the city’s auction list.

The Cottones eventually won their house back in court. But in the meantime, they had to hire a lawyer, get a judge’s order, miss work and spend countless hours worrying that they had lost their investment property.

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