House falling apart

2015-04-30 16:26

Avacant property on Mountain Road is spiraling into a crime haven, a neighbour says.

The property, which was gutted in a fire last year, has become easy pickings for vandals and a sleeping place for vagrants, resident Charmaine Treherne says.

Endless vandalism has seen theft of everything from the geyser to the taps, which resulted in water flowing out the property and onto the street during one incident, Treherne says.

Drug dealing and prostitution commonly take place on the property, she says, and dumped refuse covers the front porch.

“It stinks to high heaven,” she says.

“I feel vulnerable living next door to it. The doors and window are open, giving easy access to anyone. I’m scared the house will be set on fire again.”

Treherne has also been left battling a cockroach infestation, which she believes is caused by the filth at the derelict property.

The City of Cape Town’s problem building unit is aware of the property, says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

“This is a fairly new addition to the unit’s caseload and must still be investigated. It is therefore too soon to determine whether or not it actually constitutes a problem building in terms of the by-law or whether the matter should be referred to another department for remedial action,” he says.

Treherne says the property, which has been on the market since the fire, was recently sold.

However, she has not been able to resolve any of the ongoing issues with the estate agent responsible for the sale.

The estate agent had also not responded to People’s Post at the time of going to print.

Safety concerns at the property have led Treherne to report it to the police on several occasions.

Woodstock police had not responded to People’s Post at the time of going to print.

Smith urges residents to lodge complaints about problem properties through the City’s call centre. This will then be routed to the correct department for action.

“It is important to log such enquiries and/or complaints via the correct channels to ensure that they can be tracked and resolved, if required,” he says.

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Complaints can be logged at the call centre on 0860 103 089

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