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Eyesore next door near Sahara & Treeline

Loni Blandford

Eyesore next door near Sahara & Treeline

By Loni Blandford. CREATED Jul 12, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - It's a growing problem in our Valley. Homes that remain abandoned and thieves that continue to target them. It's happening on one East Las Vegas community. Neighbors want to know why more can't be done to hold the homeowner of this eyesore next door responsible.

"It's just a game of cat and mouse you board it up and a few days later they take it down and get back in," explained John Bisci.

John loves living in his Sahara Sunrise neighborhood but he can't stand this house down the street near Sahara and Treeline. He says it was abandoned several years ago.

"The lock on the back gate was cut again. There's fresh graffiti all over the back wall," said John.

This isn't the first time John contacted Action News about this property. He was frustrated that he didn't get anywhere with officials so in April, he emailed us. John and William Miller, who lives directly next door say the home is a safety hazard.

"The home has gotten progressively worse," said William.

Since our original story aired, code enforcement came out and boarded up the broken windows. But almost two months later, shattered glass is still littered throughout the property. According to Clark County's Assessor's web site Lori Marks has owned the House since 2001. The phone number listed on the paperwork when she bought the house is disconnected. So the signs on the garage door keep piling up.

"Short of putting up barbed wire and landmines I don't know what to do anymore," said John.

The home is in Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani's district. She says whether you live next door to it or down the street, it impacts everyone.

"It restricts the competition and then it further devalues everybody's property in the entire surrounding neighborhood," said Commissioner Giunchigliani.

That's why at the next County Commission meeting she's planning to introduce the idea of a foreclosure registry. They have one in Florida and it has proved successful in maintaining properties like this one.

"You're required then as the mortgage holder to register the property within a certain time period 10 - 15 days and you have to have a local property manager who is then the contact person," said Commissioner Giunchigliani.

The property manager would be required to take care of things like high weeds and broken glass. That's something code enforcement can't do right now. They can only secure the property. But John and his HOA are taking another step.

"We looked into it and saw that we could institute proceedings basically to foreclose on the home on the basis that obviously nobody has paid HOA dues in about three or four years," said John.

John hopes once the home is officially foreclosed on someone will buy it and put it back on the market.

"Best case scenario the house would be cleaned out sold and somebody who wants to live here, can live here," said John.

If her fellow commissioners like the registry idea, Commissioner Giunchigliani will move forward with introducing the ordinance at a public hearing. Registering properties would be about $150 bucks and there would also be a fine for those homes that aren't registered. We're going to stay in touch with John about the status of that eyesore. If you have an eyesore in your neighborhood send  an email at 13investigates@ktnv.com