Codes enforcement sweep aims to clean up Knoxville neighborhoods

Codes enforcement sweep aims to clean up Knoxville neighborhoods

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City inspectors fanned out across the Beaumont area looking for violations like dilapidated buildings, dirty or overgrown lots, illegal dumping and abandoned cars. City inspectors fanned out across the Beaumont area looking for violations like dilapidated buildings, dirty or overgrown lots, illegal dumping and abandoned cars.
"We know that blighted properties drive down surrounding property values and they attract crime and other bad behavior," said Director of Public Service David Brace. "We know that blighted properties drive down surrounding property values and they attract crime and other bad behavior," said Director of Public Service David Brace.
An inspector notes aluminum cans and an unrolled hose in this home's front yard. An inspector notes aluminum cans and an unrolled hose in this home's front yard.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - City officials were out in force in parts of Knoxville Friday morning performing codes enforcements.

The city issues notices to property owners for violations that may have a negative effect on the neighborhood.

City inspectors fanned out across the Beaumont area looking for violations like dilapidated buildings, dirty or overgrown lots, illegal dumping and abandoned cars.

"We know that blighted properties drive down surrounding property values and they attract crime and other bad behavior," said Director of Public Service David Brace.

That's why for the last two years Brace and a team of codes enforcement officers have set out across Knoxville's neighborhoods to make sure the community understands the codes.

The sweeps are not intended to only issue violations, but also put up signs and help educate residents.

"Making sure neighbors and residents and our customers know what the rules are and they are not really hard rules. It's basically be a good neighbor," said Brace.

But if you're found to not be a good neighbor, you will first receive a warning of a violation and instructions on how to fix it.

"We look for solutions. That's our goal: to help people keep their property up. But we also know that there are folks who are absentee property owners who don't keep their property up and we need to take corrective action with those folks too," said Brace.

The owners will have ten to fourteen days to correct the violations. If not, the city can choose to issue a formal notice. If that is ignored, they will be referred to municipal court.

If you would like more information about the codes enforcements including future sweeps, you can go to the city's website or call 311.

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