RESIDENTS of a small Detroit neighborhood are fed up with their neighbor’s front yard covered in car parts and trash.
The neighbor in question has reportedly been fined up to $11,000 for the messy yard work, but reportedly continues to ignore the complaints.
This has led to other neighbors contemplating moving out of what they have labeled an ‘eyesore’.
The city of Detroit released a statement last week insisting the homeowner had been ordered to remove trash from the front yard on multiple occasions, it said local Fox affiliate WJBK.
“We spent over $11,000to the owner,” it said.
“We gave the tenant the weekend to clean up the dirt and remove everything from the front yard. If the resident fails to comply, they will receive daily fines until they do.”
“If violations continue as of Monday, July 10, 2023, we will seek a court order allowing the City of Detroit to clean up the damage and the property owner and others responsible for the cleanup costs , to be invoiced,” the statement concludes.
Since then, not only has the homeowner not removed the trash from his home, but officials have also declared a public health emergency, according to local reports.
“We have decided that due to the ongoing deterioration, the presence of vermin on the front lawn and the ongoing health emergency, we will enter the property at approximately 9 a.m. in the morning and remove the rubbish that is lying there.” explained management consultant Conrad Mallett.
The home’s owner currently resides in Florida and has not responded to the city’s complaints.
The neighbors told it the local news network that this is an ongoing problem that is only getting worse.
“It’s an eyesore. It’s like a junkyard over there and it’s not getting any better,” said neighbor Martha Thomas.
“Every other day we see a Penske truck pull up and they unload the Penske truck with more stuff.”
Another neighbor, Darrel McCoy, also explained that finding the scrap parts all the time almost made him leave his house.
“I’ve thought about selling my house a couple of times and have stood my ground.
“I’m not going to sit here and let this person drive me out of this neighborhood that I’ve lived in all my life.”
The city is currently working to clean up the area, but there have been no recent updates.