Metro residents say home is inviting trouble

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Neighbors of an abandoned property on the southwest side of Oklahoma City are wary of who is making a presence at the home.

The city is aware of the problem, but neighbors say they aren't moving fast enough.

“Hobos. Hobo people. Nasty people,” said Humberto Cruz, who lives nearby.

 “It's dangerous. People going in and out, you never know who's going in there,” Penny said.

 “I see them every day six or seven people coming,” Humberto said.

The windows are busted out and doors are missing. It’s just a glimpse of the problems with the home at S.W. 47th and May.

Those who live near the house are fed up.

“It's a nuisance, it's an eyesore,” Penny said.

A notice on the door shows the city is aware of the issue.

Charles Locke is the code enforcement superintendent for Oklahoma City. He says the city is doing everything they can to take care of the issues.

“The inspector's been out. She's working several cases on it. One for high grass and weeds,” Locke said.

In fact, next Tuesday the city council will decide if this home should be considered a nuisance property. If that happens, the city will come in and board it up, securing it to keep any unwelcome visitors out.

It's a process that has been in the works for about three or four weeks. The city says while they would like to move faster, legally, they are doing what they can.

As they wait for progress, neighbors say it's frustrating. They're just hoping it will be boarded up before something bad happens.

“Druggies could go in there. They could come out and you never know what they could do,” Penny said.

If you notice a home like this in your neighborhood, the city is asking that you report it immediately. Once the home is declared a nuisance, the property owner will be charged for any work the city does. They will also be charged the cost any time police or fire officials are called to the home.

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