LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A Clark County commissioner is calling out landlords of crumbling properties.
Tick Segerblom says landlords need to fix the property or they will face financial consequences.
Clark County requires landlords to maintain their properties and keep them up to code. Unfortunately, the people who live in some areas of the county, like the one near Calcaterra Circle in the Palos Verdes neighborhood, are dealing with poor conditions, according to Segerblom.
These include burned buildings, boarded up windows and broken glass, and they are still paying rent to live there. In a press conference Monday morning, Segerblom says he's had enough of landlords pocketing this money and not maintaining their properties, so he is cracking down.
Segerblom says landlords have a couple of weeks to act on the issues, or the county is coming in to fix them. He says the landlords will be facing a hefty bill if the county does step in.
Last year the county abated 275 properties at a cost of $438,000. Since October, the county has been issuing about 70 citations per month for these issues. Segerblom says the people of the county deserve better living conditions.
“Within two weeks, if they don’t start fixing this up, we are going to come in and start fixing it up for them and then send them the bill. So that’s our power. We have an ordinance and we are working on straightening it out,” he said.
County public response officers respond to about 20,000 complaints each year for issues such as trash on the property, unsecured and abandoned buildings and graffiti.