You Ask: Neighbors plead for help with abandoned home
Las Vegas, NV - An east Las Vegas community is outraged over the condition of a home left vacant. They've contacted local and state leaders but the problem is only getting worse.
Out of desperation, one homeowner emailed Action News for help, and we were shocked with what we found.
"The home has gotten progressively worst," says William Miller, who lives next door.
The home he's talking about, near Sahara and Tree Line, is in shambles. It has boarded and broken windows, shattered glass on the ground, graffiti, and trash everywhere.
"We need some help," he pleads.
Miller says the home has been abandoned for almost a year. He's noticed people trespassing and vandalizing the property.
The HOA tells us it's aware of the problem and met with residents about it Monday night.
"People break in because it's very easy to do when no one is around," says HOA Board Member and concerned neighbor John Bisci. "Just break a window, walk right in, unlock the doors, and you've got a place to play. Or if you're a homeless person or a squatter, you've got a place to stay."
For Miller, the recent fire that erupted in the garage of the home was the last straw.
"Sometimes, I'm at home sleeping and I worry about what's going on there. You shouldn't have to feel unsafe in your own home."
Neighbors have notified Senator Harry Reid and County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani about the problem. Both say they're looking into it and pushing for stricter laws dealing with vacant homes.
"To us, it's our neighborhood, and we'd like to live in a clean, safe one," Bisci says.
The HOA has reported the home to code enforcement, the health district, and Metro.Police confirm they've increased patrols in the area. But neighbors say more needs to be done.
"I want to see this house be secured, the right way," Bisci says. "Cleaned up, or torn down."
According to county records, the home went into default back in 2007. We tried contacting the owner, but have not heard back.
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