Blighted homes linger in L.A., frustrating neighbors | LA Times

Jim and Lynda Horan had no idea whom to call when the people who had moved into the foreclosed home next door started trashing the place.

They tried U.S. Bank, which property records indicate owned the house on a quiet, dead-end street in Sunland. They tried city code enforcement. They tried the police.

But the junk piles in the yard kept growing. Strangers kept coming at all hours. The neighbors started stealing water from other neighbors and running generators.

“We went on vacation for two weeks in November and spent the whole time wondering if our house was all right, wondering if they were going to set fire to the place,” said Lynda Horan, who believes the neighbors were illegally squatting. “That’s a terrible way to live.”

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