Neighbors fight to get overgrown yard shaped up

- A Detroiter is putting up a fight to get some overgrown weeds taken care of on a vacant property. 

The house on Littlefield in Detroit is located directly behind Joe Louis Foulks' home, which he says he now regrets buying. He says the overgrown grass and weeds at the vacant property are home to a number of animals. 

"Raccoons, possums, you name it, that's in here. Rats," he says. He adds that when he's conducting neighborhood patrols, he's seen more than animals run from this property.

"It was four guys that had broken in back door and the garage. They ran down the street and I called the police," he says.

Foulks says this house has been vacant for 20 years, and 12 years ago was the start of its decline. But he says the owner won't do anything about it.

"He don't want to sell it. I've had buyers and he don't want to sell it," Foulks says.

The FOX 2 Problem Solvers went looking for answers and contacted city officials about the property. Officials say they had crews out to the house earlier this year but just became aware of the tall grass issue recently.

"We've got a call out to this property owner and we expect him to come into compliance in the next week or so," says David Belle with the City of Detroit. "Our records show this property is owned by an A. Booth, and we've issued approximately $1,100 worth of tickets."

Ron Roland, who owns a home in the neighborhood, says he can't sell or rent his property because of this eyesore, so, he says his only solution is to take care of the problem himself.

"I can cut it Wednesday as a matter of fact. It'd make my stuff look a little bit better," he says.

But Foulks says if you own property - it's your responsibility to take care of it.

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