Neighbors say teens using vacant home as a hangout
Teens are using an abandoned house as a hangout.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Neighbors say an abandoned house is now a hangout for teens. They're sick of the trash spilling over into their yard. So, who is going to clean up this eyesore next door?
"When the market crashed they lost their house and they bailed," said Bill Hager.
Bill says since then, the property across the street from him just keeps getting worse and worse. His family has lived in the neighborhood near Tropicana and Sandhill for almost 35 years. He says when the homeowners walked away about a year and a half ago the trespassers started moving in.
"They're there all the time having a party in the backyard," said Bill.
David Maddalon lives next door and has heard them too.
"There's skateboarders coming in the backyard using the pool to skate," explained David.
He knows exactly how they're getting in.
"Through that gate over there, it's been broken down," said David.
Signs on the front window show the County has deemed this home unsafe.
"The ceiling is coming down inside," said David.
But clearly it isn't keeping people out. A blue tarp put on the roof now litters the yard.
"You want to see somebody do something with it," said Bill.
Fed up, David emailed Action News. We called the County's Code Enforcement Department and learned the County is familiar with this property.
This year they've had two cases where the property was reported unsecured. Someone took care of the problem and the cases were closed. But last year the County had to abate the property and place a lien against it because a problem reported wasn't fixed. The County says the lien was paid off.
"It looked like it was once a really nice home," said David.
Action News also checked the County Assessor's web site and learned the property is still in the homeowner's name. So County officials are limited in what they can do. As a result of our call, they're opening another case.
"It's killing the neighborhood," said Bill.
But Bill and David know that's just the first of many things this house needs to bring it up to par with their homes.
"I was hoping they could bring a wrecking ball in here and knock this place down," said David.
We couldn't find a phone number for the homeowner. Late Monday afternoon David says the gate was back up and a new lock was put on. The county and the city's code enforcement department depend on those in the community to be proactive and call them about properties in bad shape.
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