Neighbors Dealing With Abandoned Properties and Overgrown Weeds, Not Alone

You might be struggling to cut your own grass in the heat of the summer. Now we have seen more rain this season and that is creating a problem for abandoned properties as well. They are overgrown and in high numbers, making it hard for city crews to keep up.

Neighbors are complaining about neglected and abandoned properties and they have good reason. On one street, we counted a total of 6 abandoned properties. All of them had grass well over the limit of 12 inches and some had weeds taller than six feet.

The City of Tulsa has a Working in Neighborhoods program and inspectors who put notices on doors, warning homeowners, to fix the problem or the city will. Right now, there are more overgrown yards and the average wait is about 30 days.

Eva Hill takes pride in her yard, as we saw her working in her flower beds. But Eva is perplexed over the abandoned homes on her street and the fact that she has seen mice and rodents in her home.

"It isn't all the city's fault. The people need to take responsibility. It's the times we are living in. People just don't have the money they used to have," she said.

Owners have 10 days to mow the grass, after the city's inspection. After that, if problems reoccur, they have less notice and face administrative charges that can mean a $400 bill for one clean up for one yard.

Neighborhood inspectors say if you have a problem, report it to the Mayor's Action line, 918-596-2100. They give precedence to homes are unsecured and to those with weeds that create traffic issues.