Run down and abandoned houses seem to be an all too common scene in Northwest Roanoke. Neighbors say it's time for homeowners to take responsibility.
Some residents say some of those houses have been abandoned for 10 to 15 years. Some of the people we spoke with did not want to be on camera.
“It doesn't look good for our neighborhood, it decreases our value; of course we own our house. Value has went down for properties,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.
Values aren't the only problem, so are the conditions of some of these homes. Some of them have signs posted on the doors from the city, deeming them inhabitable and structurally unsafe.
“Sometimes it's not safe, the abounded house of course; between addicts, homeless living in the neighborhood; children living the neighborhood,” said the identified neighbor.
Some neighbors say the blight has been here so long that it doesn't faze them.
“It don't, it might have hurt down a little bit, but after a few years they over look it,” said resident Lloyd Holland.
Some residents seem to be used to the neighborhood eyesores. According to the city, the building has to be in compliance with its maintenance code, which means keeping abandoned building secured, by locking doors and windows or boarding them up.
“Nobody wants those in the community, especially the neighbors who are working hard to maintain their properties,” said Roanoke City Council Member Sherman Lea. “It's something we're not neglecting, were but we have to work within the perimeter of the code of Virginia.”
Lea says the city is trying to work with homeowners to maintain properties. He says there is a concerned effort to make sure code enforcement stays on top of the properties.
During an interview with Council Member Lea a homeowner walked outside his home; on his door a sign deem his home structurally unsafe.
“I don't want you to get hurt in there man. You know with that yellow tag, the city is saying you're not suppose to in there, because you can get hurt,” said Lea.
The homeowner says he's waiting on his insurance company to fix the porch, he's says it should be cleaned up, later this week. Neighbors say it’s been like this since early summer.