Houses "unfit" for human habitation condemned, totaling 38 this year

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Code Enforcement cracking down on dilapidated houses. Tuesday night, the Jonesboro City Council condemned five homes per recommendation of code enforcement officers.

That brings the total of condemned houses this year to 38. A number that city officials expect to rise to 50 by the end of 2013.

The homes condemned Tuesday night were all deemed unfit for human habitation and deemed a public safety hazard by the Jonesboro Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement.

Some houses were destroyed by fire. Others had problems both inside and outside.

A house on West Forrest Street in Jonesboro had "busted and broke" exterior doors and windows and the electrical, heating and plumbing weren't up to code.

A home on Fisher Street in Jonseboro had its ceilings caving in and non-existing floor surfaces.

Neighbors to a home on Stonebrook told Region 8 News the house has sat empty since 2001. Though they did not wish to talk on camera, what they said about the house matched what the building inspection report states. Holes in the roof through which animals like raccoons and cats come and go.

In Tuesday night's city council meeting, Mayor Harold Perrin said houses in conditions such as those will not be tolerated by the cit, as the neighbors, not the property owners become victims in these situations.

You can contact Jonseboro Code Enforcement by going to www.jonesboro.org or calling them at (870) 933-4658.

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