SOUTH OGDEN -- A vacant home that has been the source of complaints to city officials will be demolished soon, a city official says.
Code enforcement officials met recently with the property owner after receiving complaints about the unkempt appearance of the property across from the city offices.
A miffed neighbor said the home at 534 40th St. was an eyesore that detracted from property values.
After receiving the complaints, city code officials met with the landowner, who said he is getting necessary demolition permits.
"The property owner has already been in the process of securing the necessary permits for the demolition of the home," said City Manager Matt Dixon. "And within the next 30 days, the property owner reported to our code enforcement officer that the home should be demolished."
Dixon said the steps to get projects like this finished can take some time.
"The state has to do inspections for asbestos and other hazardous materials before the demolition can take place," he said. "But once the city receives that information from the property owner, it's a short turnaround to issue the demo permit, so we should be able to remedy the problem in the next few weeks."
Lance Froerer, of Froerer Real Estate in Ogden, said the number of vacant houses has been on the rise in recent months because of the rising number of foreclosures.
That has a ripple effect on other properties in the market.
"I think anytime someone drives into a neighborhood, it can have a big effect on the perceived value of the neighborhood and how they think the neighborhood is being maintained and the type of residents that are there," he said.
"I think it is a little more common right now just because of all the foreclosures going on."
Froerer said a house that is foreclosed on usually doesn't have anyone taking care of the upkeep.
This in turn makes it more difficult for real estate agents who are trying to sell their clients' homes or put prospective home buyers into a property.
Froerer said agents and home sellers have some recourse, such as using city ordinances as leverage in keeping vacant properties tidy.
"You can call the city and have their code enforcement come out, and they'll start issuing citations and that sort of thing."