Dealing With A Neighborhood House, That’s An Eyesore

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Do you have a house in your neighborhood that’s an eyesore?

It can be unsightly and upsetting when a home in a neighborhood isn’t being maintained like the others. It might be an overgrown yard, a fence in need of repair, paint peeling on the home or even a car parked in front of the home that hasn’t moved in weeks.

I believe most people want to be good neighbors and may be willing to correct the issue once it is brought to their attention. In some cases, they may not agree with the same urgency and it might be necessary to seek other remedies.

The most expedient solution may be to contact the responsible person and describe your perception of the problem. An owner-occupant may be sympathetic to the neighbors and more than willing to correct the issue.

However, if you suspect that it is a rental property, check with the county tax records to identify the owner. They may be unaware of the situation and would actually welcome the “heads-up” to protect their investment.

The next step might be to notify the homeowner’s association if there is one. The covenants or bylaws will specify how properties must be maintained and the association can enforce them.

The final step would be to notify the city for a possible code violation with this neighborhood house. Most cities have a separate code and neighborhood services division and some cities have 311 for non-emergency assistance.

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Michelle "Scout" Scott
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That is great advice. I have a few of those very same issues that I am about to address.

September 04, 2012 10:44 AM #1
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Susanna yes we do have one of those houses in our neighborhood.  And it just never seems to get better. We all quit looking at it and complaining about it.

September 04, 2012 03:14 PM #2
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Susanna, there always seems to be one ... that's definitely an advantage of living in a neighborhood with a HOA or a condominium. At least there is somewhere to turn to to address the issue if the owner is not willing.

I always suggest checking in with the neighbor first, too - who knows what caused the situation to get out of control? Perhaps they are having some medical issues and cannot keep up with yard work ... for example.

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Susanna Haynie
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Thank you all for stopping by! I think one way or another we are all familiar with the eyesore problem -whether it's our own neighbor or it's a sellers neighbor. I have felt before that I would love to clean it up for the residents just so that I get the sale. :-) Doesn't always work -

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