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Yard of abandoned house gets cleaned up after Action News gets involved

Loni Blandford

Yard of abandoned house gets cleaned up after Action News gets involved

CREATED Dec. 26, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Our mission at Action News is to make Las Vegas a better place to live and for one valley family it hits close to home. They reached out to us after the abandoned house next door became a safety hazard.

Action News was able to help get the eyesore next door cleaned up.

“A nice portion of it came down on my gazebo and broke everything,” explained Jason Smith.

Jason and Marissa Smith are just glad no one was sitting there when the beards of dead palm fronds from the neighbor's backyard came crashing down in October.

The couple lives near Charleston and Nellis and has been babysitting the abandoned house next door for years.

“There's beer cans, there's graffiti, we found used condoms before,” explained Marissa.

Marissa tried calling the bank responsible for maintaining the house while it's in transition but after getting transferred over and over and leaving messages, she emailed Action News.

“I see you guys all the time when anybody's having a problem or something so I'm hoping maybe you guys can help being that we can't get it done on our own,” said Marissa.

Now the dead palm fronds are gone.

Action News made a call and found out a new company, Ocwen, had taken over servicing the property. We sent them pictures of how those unmaintained trees were now becoming a safety hazard. A few days after our story aired, workers were up high trimming the trees.

“Without your guy's help I would have not gotten anything done,” said Marissa.

And it took another call from Action News to get the workers to go out a second time to get the mess cleaned up in the smith's yard.

“We shouldn't have to go to the media to get this resolved,” said Marissa.

The palm fronds may be gone but the broken rods of the gazebo and smashed table remain. The Smith's think Ocwen should pay for them to be replaced.

“Your property damaged our property so you should be the ones to take care of it,” said Marissa.

We put another call into Ocwen to find out if replacing that furniture is even an option.

We'll let you know what they decide Meanwhile the Smith's says they're seeing people trespass on the property and only hope the house goes on the market sooner rather than later. If you have an eyesore in your neighborhood send an email to 13investigates@ktnv.com.

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