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Overgrown Yards Becoming An Eyesore During The Wet Summer

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Wet Weather causing more overgrowth complaints. Wet Weather causing more overgrowth complaints.

Unkept yards are becoming unruly in the wet summer weather. We're receiving lots of calls from people complaining about a yard in their neighborhoods.

Sheila Garren contacted 7 On Your Side about a yard in her neighborhood in Anderson County. She says for years and years it's gotten uglier. The wet weather has only made it worse.

"Nobody wants to sit out and have to look at this," says Sheila Garren.

There's no state law regarding overgrowth. Instead, each local government adopts their own codes and ordinances.

In Anderson County grass and weeds can't grow higher than 12 inches. To report a problem a "Tall Grass Complaint" form must be filled out and sent to Anderson County Building and Codes. After that a property inspection is done and the homeowner is given 30 days. If it isn't fixed by then a ticket up to $1,092 is issued. The county says once people are reported they're usually motivated to clean their yards.

In Spartanburg County grass and weeds cannot grow higher than 18 inches. If a property is deemed overgrown the owner is given a written violation and has 20 days to fix their yard. If they don't a $470 ticket could be issued.

Greenville County also has a maximum 18 inch height and requires problems to be fixed in 20 days. If the property owners fails, then the County can do the work and bill the property owner for the cost.

To report a problem contact your local codes enforcement divisions.

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