The Eyesore Next Door
Neighbor says bank isn't cleaning up vacant home
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Here at Action News we're working to make Las Vegas a better place to live and you help us do that by letting us know about vacant homes that aren't being kept up. We call them the Eyesore Next Door. One woman emailed us about one in her neighborhood.
"It's just not pretty to come home to," said Elaine Grammer.
Elaine just moved into a house near Lake Mead and Tonopah a couple of months ago. While she is trying to fix up her property, she says the house next door keeps getting worse.
"With the broken windows and the door wide open sometimes," said Elaine.
Elaine says she's never seen anyone living there but has seen people who don't belong there.
"There's just been a lot of kids going in and out," said Elaine.
Action News saw firsthand what Elaine was talking about. As our cameras were rolling, we spotted one of those kids coming from the backyard. We didn't show his face because of his age, but he admitted he was just cutting through.
That's why Elaine says she sometimes tricks people into thinking the house isn't empty.
"I normally park my car in the driveway to make it look like somebody's home because that way the kids won't come in here," said Elaine.
According to the Clark County's Assessor's website, this property is still in the homeowner's name.
We couldn't find a working number for them but a note on the garage says the property has been determined to be vacant. The note says BAC Field Services Corporations, which is Bank of America, last inspected the property about a month ago.
But Elaine says the broken glass and all the trash remains.
"He either didn't do a walk through or he just drove by and signed it," said Elaine.
So we called BAC Field Services Corp. who said they would send a contractor out to make the necessary repairs.
We also contacted the City's Code Enforcement Department.
A couple of days later Elaine says workers were at the house cleaning up the broken glass and the trash. Elaine hopes it stays that way.
"I figured if you guys can get it done then we wouldn't have to live next store to a mess," said Elaine.
We're trying to learn more from Bank of America about what's the next step for this house. Meantime, Elaine says she'll still be keeping tabs on it.
These types of eyesores are all over our valley. So if you have one in your neighborhood, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your phone number so we can get in touch with you.