A condemned and foreclosed home that is surrounded by garbage is causing frustrations among neighbors in one Summerville community.
Nearby residents say that 114 Niblick Road in the Corey Woods subdivision, near Corey Boulevard, has had trash piling up in the yard for the past three years. A broken down shed, a smell that has been described as “like fecal matter,“ and loud noises during the night have also been causing concerns.
Residents say the home is an eyesore and claim that it has made it more difficult to rent and sell homes on the street. Some are also concerned about their property values.
Summerville town officials say that the home was condemned because there was no running water. It was foreclosed on earlier this month.
People on the street are frustrated because they say that not enough has been done to try to clean up the home.
“They trashed everything. It was just as bad on the inside as it is on the outside. Maybe worse. I’ve seen junkyards that look better,“ said resident Larry Maness.
Maness‘ daughter, Cheryl James reached out to News 2 shortly after the foreclosure happened.
“Noise, trash everywhere,“ said Maness‘ daughter Cheryl James. “All these people on the street are fed up. We want this house cleaned up and secured.“
Summerville town officials say they have been aware of the home and are monitoring it. Town code enforcement staff still need to determine what bank owns the foreclosed home. Town spokesperson Mary Edwards said staff will not know who owns it for another three to six months.
“There should be a sign on the window right now of what bank but somehow, some way, it’s not there,“ said Edwards.
If the home is not cleaned up after six months then town can issue fines.
James says she has seen the former homeowners on the property since it was foreclosed.
“People keep coming over here every single day, the former owners, every day. Even though code enforcement put a sign on the door,“ she said.
Edwards said that anyone who sees people entering the home should call the Summerville Police Department.
UPDATE APRIL 7, 2019: In an e-mail, the town’s public information officer Mary Edwards told News 2 that its code enforcement department is now aware of what bank owns the property. She wrote, “The bank has hired a company to assess the property. We’ve told them that the main objective is to clean up the outside. I’m told it normally needs to be done within two weeks but we’ve put a rush on it so it could be done earlier.”