TAMPA, Fla. - Residents in one Tampa neighborhood say it's time for the county to step in and do something about a home on their street that's rotting away.
The owner, who apparently abandoned the house, has raked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in code violations.
"It's very unsightly. It destroys the image of the neighborhood," said Genieve Alter, who lives a few doors down.
The overgrown weeds and frail siding makes the house on Sagebrush Drive stick out like a sore thumb.
"It fell through the cracks somehow," said Greg Krueger, who lives across the street. "We've seen critters running in and out."
Neighbors said the house and lawn has looked this way for as long as ten years, after the owner moved out -- or so it appears.
Krueger said he and his neighbor used to keep it mowed but stopped, and have since chased out partiers and vagrants.
"I'd like the county to come here and just mow it down -- I'm talking the building and everything," Krueger said.
The county is well aware of the decrepit house. In fact, code enforcement started fining the owner, Diane Roger, 100 dollars a day back in 2006.
Roger is now up to more than three hundred thousand in fines.
"That's a tool to try to get the property owner to comply and obviously it hasn't worked," said Jim Blink, Operations Manager for Hillsborough County Code Enforcement.
He said the property is not in foreclosure, but they have never been able to get the owner to pay up or fix it.
"The regular re-inspection is scheduled for January 2014 but because you're bringing it to our attention again, we're going to go back out, take a look at the property and see if there are other options," he said.
Those options include doing some upkeep on the lawn under a preservation ordinance, or possibly even condemning it.
ABC Action News stopped by the most recent address and phone number for Roger but have not been able to reach her.
One neighbor told us he saw the owner pull up to the house a few months ago and she mentioned an interest in selling it.
But showed no interest in maintaining it.
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