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My Neighborhood

Something needs to be done about our overcrowded neighborhood, too many people living in a single family homes and not taking care of properties.

We have lived in our house for 33 years and in the last few years some of the old homeowners on our street have either passed away, have been moved to assisted living facilities or moved to adult communities and have sold there homes. The homes are being occupied by several families the one house is a small 3 bedroom no more than 1200 square feet and has 9 cars at least 9 adults and 4-5 children. There is another house that rents rooms and have at least that many cars at 1 time they park on the front lawn and it is just an eyesore. My question is isn't there an ordinance for the amount of people that can occupy a house and what can we do about this?

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Cathy P. November 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I believe Code Enforcement is responsible for this and I think we have like 2 guys for the whole city. Ridiculous!!!
Watzon McWats November 21, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Yup. Last I checked they have about a years worth of backlog. I know because someone complained that we had people living in sheds, even though we're just about the only house on the block without kids, roommates, or extended family. But either way, they showed me the complaint and it was a year old. Once they do show up though, they will go over every square inch of your property and cite you for any little thing they can. One person will talk to you while the other storms around your house inspecting every nook and cranny without even asking. Inside sources tell me (and I believe it based off of personal experience), that they are very hard on anyone who looks like they might have a penny or two, and very lenient on poor folks and people housing migrant workers. I've heard from a very reliable source that they'll walk right through these 20 person households with actual unconverted garages, sheds, illegal electrical, etc, and act like they haven't seen a thing. Then they come to a household like mine, two middle class working folks not from 'round here, and cite us for stuff on our 80+ year old house that was there probably before we were even born... Sorry for the rant, just haven't had the best experience with these guys. But yes, there are only a few of them, and it will take them a long time to respond to any complaint - legitimate or not.
Watzon McWats November 21, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Same thoughts. I was astounded to find out that it was legal myself. Hell, more than the maximum limit isn't even illegal, it just mandates neighborhood mediation - good luck with that. The kinds of people that house four folks per bedroom don't mediate.
David H. Perez November 21, 2012 at 07:48 PM
@Watzon McWats: ". . . they are very hard on anyone who looks like they might have a penny or two, and very lenient on poor folks and people housing migrant workers. I've heard from a very reliable source that they'll walk right through these 20 person households with actual unconverted garages, sheds, illegal electrical, etc, and act like they haven't seen a thing." Well, if this is accurate, this shows you where the enforcement people's interests lie - like most of the people who work for the city. And it ain't with you and me, Watzon. Do you or anyone else reading this know, in the case of a rental house, what it would take to sue a landlord for damages done to our property values due to the urban blight caused by their renters?
Patricia November 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
A curious thing ... who is reporting all the rent collected from the excess tenants of these houses? The city is really missing out on all the monies being collected by the landlords or tenant who rented the property initially. As for health issues, well there are codes that most people are expected to practice.

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