Empty house with overgrown yard causing frustration for Reidsville neighborhood

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- Frustrations are growing in a Reidsville neighborhood because it appears no one is caring for an empty home. The City of Reidsville has put a notice on the front lawn, instructing the property owner to cut the grass. But folks like Christopher Taylor feel the city should do more to clean up the property.

"I've been here for four and a half years and I've seen people moving stuff. I am tired of it. Wish it was gone," Taylor said.

Raleigh Hanks lives next to the empty home. Through the collapsing backyard fence, he can see all of the storage containers, car tires and other items that cover the overgrown backyard. Hanks feels the backyard is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"You can't do anything because of the mosquitoes. Yesterday I was working on my trailer and I was getting eaten by mosquitoes," Hanks said.

Also on the property there's an old minivan sitting on blocks without any tires. And there's a trailer in the yard that appears it hasn't moved in some time.

City of Reidsville representatives say residents need to file separate complaints for each issue. City officials add that trying to remove anything within a fence on private property can turn into a long legal procedure.

In Reidsville, you can make nuisance complaints on the city's website, the Reidsville connect app or call the Community Development Department.

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