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Eyesore Vs. Nuisance Property: Local Gov’t Can Only Do So Much To Keep Your Neighborhood Clean

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Henderson County and the City of Hendersonville have a nuisance ordinance.  Officials say their policies don’t mandate curbside appeal. Henderson County and the City of Hendersonville have a nuisance ordinance. Officials say their policies don’t mandate curbside appeal.
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

Vera Stamey is ready to move. The only thing standing in her way is her neighbors.

"I had a real estate agent come and when he saw what had moved in over there and the shape that mobile home was in, he was like, ‘this has depreciated your property close to $20,000," Stamey said.

Stamey who lives in Henderson County says she reported the property to both the zoning department and the sheriff's office,

She quickly learned officials' hands are tied because her neighbor isn't really violating any laws.

"It is just really stinky and dirty," Stamey said.

The county, like the City of Hendersonville, does have a nuisance ordinance.

"We have three code enforcement officials," says John Mitchell, director of Business and Community Development in Henderson County. "We currently have 72 cases that are active in the county."

The law aims to prevent too much garbage or junk piling up; infestations of rodents or parasites; improper disposal of sewage; using a recreational vehicle as a primary residence.

Stamey and others wish the county would take that a step further and do what Hendersonville already does.

Homeowners inside city limits can't have grass longer than two feet, and if they don't cut it, the city will.

In fact, crews mowed 20 properties Friday.

While the city picks up the initial tab, it is up to the homeowner to pay it.

"I think that is one reason people choose to live in the city rather than the county," says Hendersonville Zoning Administrator Susan Frady.

"If I could sell it, I would sell it," says Stamey.

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