Blighted Home Cleaned After TV Coverage

Code Enforcement Says Budget Could Slow Response Times

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Damian Trujillo

    The folks on Henderson Drive said they'd been complaining to the city of San Jose for years.

    The weeds in one of the homes in the neighborhood were overgrown.

    Local Realtors warned them their property values were taking a hit, as high as 25-percent, due to the blight.

    The neighbors emailed NBC Bay Area on Friday, and on Monday, after our report, the home is now clean again.

     Code Enforcement inspector, William Gerry, said the clean up was already scheduled, at a cost of $1,200.

    The city will now bill the bank which owns the home's note.

    "It's nice to see it fully clean," said neighbor Joe Fedor. "It took you guys to come out and do this for us. We've been trying and making phone calls."

    Gerry said he'd previously cited the bank and the former property owner for the blight, to the tune of $500.

    Gerry then took us to another foreclosed home on Moreno Avenue.

    "It's been getting progressively worse," said neighbor Dan Lewis. "I've been thinking of knocking it down myself."

    Another neighbor, Brian Martinez, said, "I try not to look at it. it's not good. It's bad."

    Clean up crews will move in to Moreno Avenue on Wednesday.

    With foreclosures still in crisis mode, Gerry said sending an inspector to abandoned, blighted properties takes longer than normal.

    it doesn't help that the city's budget deficit will claim 8 inspectors beginning July 1.

    "Obviously, the loss of 8 colleagues is going to hurt the response time," said Gerry.

    In the Moreno Avenue case, the city will put a lean on the home, and recoup it's clean-up costs when the property sells.

    On Henderson Drive, "The mental anguish-part of this is huge, I cant' even begin to describe it," said Fedor.

    His neighbors said they're relieved to finally have their clean neighborhood back.