Leidiger property facing foreclosure

According to a public notice currently running in the Carver County News, a Camden Township property that lists State Rep. Ernie Leidiger (R) as one of its owners is facing foreclosure.
The property is located at 7775 Tacoma Avenue in Mayer, which Leidiger lists as his home address on his Minnesota House of Representatives webpage.
Elected in 2010, Leidiger is serving his second term for what is now District 47A, which encompasses all of Carver County except for Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria.
According to the notice, the mortgagors are Linda J. Leidiger, and James E. Leidiger and Janelle M. Leidiger and Ernest G. Leidiger. The mortgagee is Navy Federal Credit Union. The mortgage is dated May 10, 2007 and the original principal amount of mortgage is $600,000. The amount due and claimed to be due as of the date of the notice, including taxes, if any, paid by the mortgagee is $499,266.94.
In an email to the Waconia Patriot, Rep. Leidiger addressed the foreclosure by saying that the families involved made a business decision on the property and he suspects that eventually, the property will go to one owner.
In addition to the foreclosure, alleged code violations have been observed on the property in recent months.
According to sources from Carver County, the situation involved two unauthorized dwellings, building code violations, sewage treatment code violations and zoning code violations, and as a result, county building inspectors placed “Do Not Occupy” orders on two of the 10-acre property’s four buildings on Oct. 30.
The situation began in July, when township officials first received complaints about the living situation on the property, concerns that later surfaced at a Carver County Planning Commission meeting in August when a neighbor alleged that several people were living in multiple buildings on the single family property.
In response, the county had building inspectors from Metro West Inspections, Inc. inspect the property and its accessory structures on Oct. 30. One of the accessory structures was described as a former barn/tack/daycare room and the other accessory structure was a barn that had been renovated for use as private office space.
The inspectors determined the need to post “Do Not Occupy” orders on two structures that allegedly were being utilized as unauthorized residential dwellings.
A re-inspection of the property occurred on Nov. 27 but inspectors were denied access by a resident during the visit. The case has since been referred to the Carver County Attorney’s Office for consideration of potential further action.
In regards this situation, Leidiger said that he is looking “forward to working with the county to resolve this issue.”

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

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