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NE Albuquerque neighbors say abandoned home is attracting crime, drugs

Kai Porter
July 14, 2018 09:37 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Neighbors in northeast Albuquerque call an abandoned home a public safety hazard.

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In August of 2017, the city deemed the house, near Louisiana and I-40, substandard and boarded it up.

But neighbors say people keep breaking in.

"It's our opinion that it's attracting people to our neighborhood that we've had a lot of break-in attempts and break-ins around here," said Matthew Singleton, who lives down the street from the home.

Another neighbor says he found a drug needle on the sidewalk, outside the home.

"I kind of wish they would empty it out completely or demolish it,” said Singleton.

The city says it's doing everything it legally can at this point. Since the house is boarded up and secured, it meets minimal code standards.

"There is someone taking care of the property in terms of the liens on the property," said Carmelina Hart, spokesperson for the city's Planning Department.

She says those liens were placed on the property when the city stepped in to board it up. Since the owner's been paying them, the city can't demolish the home.

“So just generally speaking, when we go in for a demolition for the property there's been years and years of no one taking any responsibly for the property, no one paying the liens on the property, so there's a significant amount of money owed to the city and that's when we're able to come in," said Hart.

Hart says neighbors should call 311 if they notice someone has broken into the home or is living there illegally. If that happens, the city will send a crew to board it back up.

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