Families that live on Azalea Circle in Marietta have been trying to take responsibility for an abandoned, unkempt home that's been left empty for nearly a decade.
Neighbor Bo Bortnyk said he believes the state of that home is lowering the value of other homes in the area.
"There's no electricity, running water or anything. It has not been kept up at all during that time," Bortnyk said. "People come in maybe once or twice a year, for a half hour each time, and that's it."
Janet Grimsley said she's not just concerned with the overgrown trees, grass and bushes, but they also worry about what's inside.
"There's vermin living on here, feral cats, coyotes, all kinds of animals," Grimsley said.
Grimsley, Bortnyk and other neighbors said they have tried repeatedly over the years to get Cobb County officials to make the home's owners take care of their property.
"My neighbors have signed numerous petitions to get people or officials here to do something about this house and we've heard nothing, year after year," Bortnyk said. "Something needs to be done. Either fix it or take it away."
But neighbors believe they may get different results with a new petition they've just signed, thanks to two trees that fell on top of the home this summer.
"And since there are trees on the house, they said there is structural damage," Grimsley said. "Before they said they couldn't do anything because there wasn't structural damage."
CBS Atlanta reached out to Michael Hughes, director of Cobb County's Office of Economic Development, who neighbors said is looking into the problem, on Sunday.
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