Besides being appalling eyesores, such properties are also vermin refuges.
Owners of these places obviously have a total disregard not only for the amenity of surrounding neighbours but also for the fact they are substantially lowering the value of their properties — in fact, making them virtually unsaleable.
The chances of neighbours negotiating successfully for these situations to be remedied would seem to be very slim.
I believe council has the power to enforce property clean-up, yet it appears the squalor has persisted for decades in some instances.
Council seems to be capable of overseeing grandiose engineering schemes but has trouble dealing with the basics.
Peter Crammond, Kadina