What do you do as a homeowner when you live next to something like this? This unsightly home is just one of the homes abandoned in Laredo. A program called operation crackdown is trying to clean up the community by tearing them down. Director of Community Development, Ronnie Acosta explains.
"It works in several ways with operation crackdown. There has to be a criminal element to qualify. Many of these homes are identified by law enforcement."
What the city will do is once a property is reported to them by either law enforcement or a concerned citizen, they'll go to the property and investigate. How long a house is empty doesn't matter, so the sooner you report an abandoned home the better. Building and Planning Director, Ramon Chavez shares what to look for before making that report.
"These are homes that are not habitable are abandoned and no utilities are connected. These are homes that are abandoned and have a means of access. There's no time frame but if it's unsafe well look into it."
People tell say they're happy to hear the city is doing something with these homes. Abandon homes can attract crime and potential drug use.
Alejandor Salazar works downtown and his job is located next to one of these homes. He's seen many people go in and out of this house, creating a mess.
"Every morning you'll see people peeing out the window, leaving their trash all over the place. It's a real mess and smells like urine. It's good to get these people out."