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Old 03-16-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Look up the Denver codes. There are plenty that deal with overgrown lawns, trash, etc. It's very easy to call in complaints. You can complain when they don't shovel their walk after a snow storm too. The city will issue fines if they do not correct the problems.

There are a few homes like that in WWP. Fewer and fewer as the years go by and people cash out.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Seattle Wa
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Thanks again for all the replies. I have done research and found that mattresses in the yard are in fact illegal (bed bugs) as is large amounts of trash per the city of Denver. It actually is visible from the street as well so that should help. My only inclination is to nudge the owners- and I plan on doing that as much as needed before improvements are made. Hey maybe only a pipe dream but all one can do is at least try to improve their situation. In all honesty, I have even wondered if there is nefarious activity going on there. It certainly fits the description, I am not exaggerating when I say ALL the windows from the inside are covered up with something and this a fairly large house.


Such a shame because all the other houses are very tidy and you can tell there is a lot of pride in ownership.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:12 PM
 
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I would imagine that if anything could be done the current owners of the house you are trying to buy would have done it as it is affecting the amount they can sell for. Check to see if complaints to the city etc. have already been made. If so you may have to accept that it is what is causing you to get a "fair" price. Either pay more for better neighbors or accept that nothing lasts forever and you may have to live with it for awhile.

This is a very good point.


Think about it, OP. Don't you think the current owners of the house you are interested in buying would have done what they could about the situation if they could? I mean, you said the house is selling for less than market value, and this is obviously the reason, wouldn't you say?


I'd tread very carefully. Personally (and I am very tenacious myself), the last thing I want to be doing when I buy a new home is dealing with a bunch of low-class trash and wasting my time and energy over something like this.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Thanks again for all the replies. I have done research and found that mattresses in the yard are in fact illegal (bed bugs) as is large amounts of trash per the city of Denver. It actually is visible from the street as well so that should help. My only inclination is to nudge the owners- and I plan on doing that as much as needed before improvements are made. Hey maybe only a pipe dream but all one can do is at least try to improve their situation. In all honesty, I have even wondered if there is nefarious activity going on there. It certainly fits the description, I am not exaggerating when I say ALL the windows from the inside are covered up with something and this a fairly large house.


Such a shame because all the other houses are very tidy and you can tell there is a lot of pride in ownership.
It's not on the Washington Street, is it?
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Old 03-16-2016, 04:11 PM
 
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Call 311. Call 311 again. Tell all the neighbors to call 311. The house next door to me was similar. I became a pain in the city's a**. The city code enforcement manager and I now know each other on a first name basis. Broken windows are not allowed. Weeds cannot be higher than 18". Furniture/appliances/trash are NOT allowed in the yard. The city can and WILL act, but they have to have the property on their radar as a nuisance. If you have small children that may inadvertently wander on the property be sure and mention them when filing your complaint. The city became much more responsive when they found out little kids were in close proximity to broken windows. The off-site owner was finally ordered to rehab the property or sell it. It's now cleaned up and on the market.

*Also, if the renters appear to be unrelated (e.g. a bunch of 20-somethings splitting the rent) be advised that Denver has rules about that sort of thing. No more than 3 unrelated people (someone correct me if I'm wrong on that number) can live together in a house. Call 311 and turn them in.

It may take some time, but if all those living on the street file complaints regularly with 311, the city will eventually start warning and fining the homeowners.

Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:41 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I suspect that house is the main reason you are getting a good deal. There is a duplex in my neighborhood like that. All of the other houses are well kept except the "white trash" house, as I call it. Every house in the neighborhood that has come up for sale has sold immediately, usually above asking price EXCEPT the one across from the WT house. It has sat on the market for months and had the price lowered almost $35,000 despite being priced well in the first place. I know I would never buy it.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Seattle Wa
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It's not on the Washington Street, is it?
No it is not..I am hesitant to give out the exact address on a public forum. Sorry.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle Wa
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This is a very good point.


Think about it, OP. Don't you think the current owners of the house you are interested in buying would have done what they could about the situation if they could? I mean, you said the house is selling for less than market value, and this is obviously the reason, wouldn't you say?


I'd tread very carefully. Personally (and I am very tenacious myself), the last thing I want to be doing when I buy a new home is dealing with a bunch of low-class trash and wasting my time and energy over something like this.
Very good point. My realtor thinks we should go for it, based on the location, lack of competitive offers and POTENTIAL neighborhood development. But you are right .....it will be there the first morning I wake up. What matter is what I can deal with it.


Thank you everyone. I have time to think about it.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Seattle Wa
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Another point....its not like we are getting a good deal. We are paying list price, commensurate with sqft, condition and lot size of other homes in the area. I just think the competition was less due to the street location.
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