CREATED Jul. 4, 2013
PALM SPRINGS - A vacant house in Palm Springs has become an eyesore for many residents, and they want something done about it. They're concerned about its state, which they describe as "neglected". It has electrical wires hanging off the exterior, a wobbly fence, overgrown weeds and dirty windows. More than an eyesore, they say it's about safety.
"There's constantly vagrants living there, homeless people, drug addicts, and literally, i've chased three people out," said William de la Campa, who lives three houses from the empty property on Caleta Way.
According to the Code Enforcement Department of the City of Palm Springs, there have been only two complaints on the property. One in November of 2011 about some overgrown vegetation. The other in April of this year about a homeless person on the property. Since then, the city says the house has been secured.
"When we went out yesterday to take a look at this, our code enforcement officer took a police officer with them and went around the property and take a look and make sure it was secure, but as of yesterday, the property is secure," said the Code Enforcement Director, Jim Zicaro.
He added that as of now, the house does not violate any city codes. The house is in the process of foreclosure. The property's owner passed away in 2011, and the house went to a trust.
"In everything that I've seen, it's not a run-down property. The pool is drained in the back, but it looks like it's being well-kept," said Zicaro.
Some residents of the area disagree; they say the house is in disrepair, and they're taking action themselves.
"We keep an eye on the place. I have the palm trees clipped at my expense every year. I have my gardener, he blows out front here to maintain the place so it looks halfway decent," said De la Campa.
Residents hope to see a "For Sale" sign go up on the property soon, so it stops being an eyesore on Caleta Way.
"Why isn't it on the market so somebody can at least make an offer on it, and they can get if off their negative portfolio of holdings that they have," said De la Campa.
Currently, the Bank of America is working to complete the foreclosure of the house. Then, the bank says it will have the right to do more extensive maintenance on the property. Until then, it will just have to wait.