Speaking in front of a burned and boarded-up apartment building today, Commissioner Tick Segerblom called on landlords in older parts of the valley to bring their properties up to code and keep them well-maintained, or face the prospect of inspections, fines and citations.
"Too often some of the older parts of our community struggle when property owners and landlords fail to provide basic maintenance and upkeep of their buildings," Commissioner Segerblom said. "We are here today to tell property owners and landlords throughout the County that our residents deserve safe homes and clean neighborhoods, and we will make sure they have them."
Residents may submit complaints to the County's Public Response Division, which enforces County property maintenance codes, online through www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/complaint.
Commissioner Segerblom made his comments today in front of a fire-damaged apartment building on Calcaterra Circle in the Palos Verdes neighborhood. There are more than 70, two-story apartment buildings on a series of cul-de-sacs in that area, which is northeast of the intersection of Paradise and Flamingo roads. In March, officials from various local agencies conducted a joint inspection of the neighborhood and found almost 200 violations including a lack of fire extinguishers, graffiti and homeless people living in Dumpster enclosures. County code enforcement staff continue to deal with numerous cases there. But while some buildings stand out for the wrong reasons, Commissioner Segerblom said some property owners are trying to better the area.
"I have been working with some property owners who want to improve their apartments for their tenants and I thank them for doing so," Commissioner Segerblom said. "I also want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for being a great partner in the community along with Help of Southern Nevada, which works tirelessly with the homeless in this area."
The County Public Response Office responds to about 20,000 complaints a year for issues such as excessive trash and debris on a property, unsecured and/or abandoned buildings, and graffiti. In most instances, property owners correct code violations on their own soon after we alert them of a problem. If a property owner fails to bring their property into compliance, the County has the authority to issue fines or citations. The County can also correct any violations and place a lien on the property to recoup the cost of abating the issue. Last year, the County abated 275 properties at a cost of $438,000.