Exclusive: Koreatown Neighbors Fed Up With Hoarding Health Hazard On Their Street – CBS Los Angeles

KOREATOWN (CBSLA) – Residents living on Koreatown street who are dealing with cockroaches, rats and piles of trash said they’re sick and tired of living near a home they consider a hoarding health hazard.

Piles of debris and trash butt up against the property of neighbors, seen here, living next door. (credit: CBS)

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“Now it’s covering half the front yard, it’s a complete eyesore,” Edward Lim said about the eight foot tall pile of debris surrounding the house next door to his.

From above, a car buried in garbage and scrap metal can be seen.

“We used to not have any problems with bugs in the past, but in the last two years, we’ve seen more and more bugs in the house. We’ve been hearing even rats scurrying about,” Lim said.

A closer look at the vehicle covered in debris reveals that it is is covered with cockroaches, with some even inside the vehicle.

The house has become a health concern for everyone living on the street.

“We’ve made multiple requests to have this removed. We’ve asked, ‘Hey, when are you gonna get this removed?’ and he said in the past, oh, year, ‘I’m gonna get rid of it.’”

So far, though, the piles of garbage have not been moved, and neighbors said there’s much trash out here, it’s blocking the front door.

In order to get into the home, their neighbor has to climb over bags and piles of debris to get inside.

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Neighbors also said they have repeatedly claimed to the city with no results.

“It’s already been more than 10 years. I have a record. I even wrote a letter to the mayor,” Leticia Ruiz, who has lived in her home since 1981, said.

Ruiz said after years of promises from the city, and being told to be patient, nothing has been done.

“I’m scared I’m going to get sick. I’m old,” said Ruiz.

Now, the neighbors on this street have banned together to make sure this health hazard is cleaned up.

“A home is supposed to be a place that is safe and clean. This is…you don’t imagine your home to be right next to this garbage heap,” Lim said.

A man claiming to own the home called the CBSLA newsroom and said he does not have the money to clean up the property and has been in contact with the city for help.

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CBSLA just reached out to City Councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents the district. A spokesperson from Ridley-Thomas’ office said they are working with several city agencies to rectify the situation and neighbors are hoping that it’ll happen soon.

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