Items left at foreclosure eviction has neighbors concerned - CBS46 News

Items left at foreclosure eviction has neighbors concerned

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LITHONIA, GA (CBS46) -

The DeKalb County Marshal's Office serves anywhere from 400 to 500 evictions a month, including house and apartments.

CBS Atlanta News followed deputies serving an eviction on a bank foreclosure on Hunters Hill Drive in Lithonia.

When deputies entered the house, it was clear by the cobwebs that no one had been living there for a while.

But whoever lived there last left a major mess, from busted walls to left over party favors that included empty bottles of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.

A woman identified as Ms. Bell lives a couple houses away. She was bothered by the mess left behind.

"We're getting the wrong elements in here," said Bell. "I didn't think people lived like that. It's kind of surprising how people can live right?"

Bell said no one has lived in the house for more than six months and that the homeowners association has been footing the bill for the cutting grass.

"It's kind of sad that the bank foreclosed and they don't come back and maintain the property," said Bell.

Wells Fargo owns the property and in a telephone statement Jay Lawrence said, "We work hard to avoid foreclosures. Since 2009, we have avoided more than 40,000 in metro Atlanta. Foreclosures are steadily going down."

Lawrence said the bank acquired the property at auction in early Oct. 2013, and that they cut the grass the month earlier realizing it would likely soon become theirs.

He said prior to that, the lawn care was up to the homeowner who walked away.

Bell believes the bank is responsible for what the homeowner left behind.

"That's the bad thing with foreclosures right? The house stays vacant six months a year. And no one seems to care whether it is maintained or not," said Bell.

When it comes to paying for the man hours to serve all those evictions, that's paid up front by the property owners.

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