Neighbors, local officials deal with rundown properties


The owners of this Franklin home have made repairs to the inside, but the city is still working to get needed repairs to the outside complete. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

This house on U.S. 31 has been vacant for years and is filled with trash. A new owner bought it through a county tax sale and plans to start renovating the house this spring. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Every summer the grass grows several feet high in front of the abandoned house, snakes slither in through holes in the sides and trash blows out of the house and into neighbors’ yards.

Rodney Reid has lived two doors down from the house at 1611 S. U.S. 31 for 11 years and it’s never looked much better than it does today.

The garage door is broken and exposed to the weather. The yard and house are filled with trash and the basement flooded. The abandoned home is attracting snakes, some as long as 3 feet. No one takes care of it , outside of the county mowing the grass and weeds a few times each summer, he said.

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