Owner of dilapidated Cleveland Heights house owes $50,000 in back taxes

Source: WOIO
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The house at 3520 Silsby Ave. in Cleveland Heights has seen its better days.

One neighbor of the run-down home said aside from being an eyesore, rodents around the building are getting onto their property.

Another neighbor, Elaine Norris, doesn't like living next to it.

"I've been retired 2 1/2 years," she said. "I started calling two years prior to my retiring and nothing has been done. Nothing. They give me all types of excuses, taxes, whatever."

Chipping paint, rotting shingles, a broken window, and a roof about to cave in -- all of this is keeping another house next to it from selling, according to its owner Samuel Archie, Jr.

"It hasn't been painted in maybe 15 years. They just come by and cut the grass," said Archie. "If you take a good look at it, the paint is peeling and I have missed maybe two to three sells from selling my home."

The chief housing inspector in Cleveland Heights, David Harris, said it's a tax foreclosure.

"It's in the begging processes of that," he said.

The owner owes $50,000 in back taxes and has been in the city's cross hairs since 2010.

"In 2013 they actually went into our housing court process," Harris said. "They were cited. A warrant was out for his arrest. He was fined $1,000, which is the maximum."

Harris says the city is demanding that the owner at least paint the exterior of the house, otherwise they may put a block on his license.

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