Trash left behind after family leaves foreclosed home

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Neighbors are dealing with nearly 70 bags of trash and rodents after a family was forced out of a foreclosed home.

Helen Bodenheimer said a home on Brightwood Drive on the Davidson County side of High Point was foreclosed a little more than a month ago. She's upset that the trash is still there.

"This needs to go, and it needs to go quickly," Bodenheimer said. "It smells, OK? It's going to get warm. That's going to carry right over to all of us. Rats come to my yard. I don't really like this."

Bodenheimer said it's impossible to count the number of wild animals the trash has attracted.

Deutsche Bank is listed as the owner of the home. A Deutsche Bank representative told FOX8's Brandon Jones on Monday that they're not responsible for keeping up the property.

Instead, the servicer of the loan, Ocwen Financial, is responsible for upkeep, the representative said. Calls to Ocwen weren't returned on Monday.

Davidson County officials are threatening some form of legal action unless the mess is cleaned up by the end of the week. However, as Deutsche Bank doesn't have any offices in Davidson County, solid waste code officer Richard Harper said his hands are tied.

If the mess isn't cleaned up soon, Bodenheimer said she's prepared to clean it up herself.

"If I have to, there's going to be a problem, because I won't take this sitting down," Bodenheimer said.

Harper said he gets five or six cases a year just like this one. However, he called this trash pile one of the worst he's seen.

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