Guilford Co. ordinance dealing with abandoned buildings and homes

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Commissioners are considering a plan to fine mobile home owners for keeping unlivable manufactured homes on their properties.

The new ordinance would allow one person to check into complaints about nuisance mobile homes to see if they are livable. If not, the mobile home owner would face fines. The county would also work with the property owner to ultimately remove the modular at the mobile home owner's expense.

Complaints would fuel most of the abandoned homes inspected, according to Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson.

Tracy Coble can’t wait for the new law to be adopted. She’s lived next to an abandoned mobile home on Rock Creek Dairy Road for more than three years.

“I think it's a health hazard because it's snaky,” said Coble. “There are all sorts of containers over there that catch water when it rains which is a haven for mosquito so it's more of a safety thing than anything else to get it cleaned up.”

Coble said before the abandoned property her and her husband hardly saw snakes, but last summer he killed three around their property.

Guilford County said crime is also a concern with abandoned mobile homes.

“We see windows busted out, doors kicked in where vagrants are going in and stealing the copper and air conditioning compressors,” said Branson.

Branson believes the abatement measures could begin with manufactured homes, but ultimately expand to address all abandoned homes and commercial properties.

According to Branson, the abatement plan for manufactured homes is still being tweaked after complaints from farmers about not being excluded from new rules for unlivable mobile homes. Many farmers use abandoned structures for storage.


  • nodody

    That’s why it should be easier to claim abandoned property. If adverse possession would be easier, people would have an incentive to move in and fix things up. Of course, the idea for somebody else getting something for free is unbearable for most people. Make laws that punish and force people to spend money are much more acceptable as it takes away from others. This society is sick.

  • CByrd

    Yet another example of the force of law being used to encroach on personal property. I wonder if Tracy ever went to her neighbor and asked them about the trailer in question? Maybe offered to help clean it up and get it moved? Why do we need another ordinance/law/fine/restriction instead of just discussing it with our neighbors? Do we really want to give MORE power to city councilmen, county commissioners, etc.?

  • CAb

    Bo Didley has such a small minded way of thinking. Not EVERYONE who lives in trailer parks is trash just like everyone who has an alcoholic drink is not a drunk or everyone who owned a gun is not a murder. That small minded way of thinking is ALOT of why our world is in the very poor shape that it’s in. We need more people with a broader mind , perspective and HEART!!! God BLESS us All.

  • Micha

    The house that is in this story would be an issue cause the owner has passed and his child and step kids are in court for it. So it’s no ones property until probait is over.

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