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Squatters trash KC neighborhood, residents want city's help

Jun 26, 2022
now to an exclusive i-team

squatters

taking over homes tearing up the kansas

city

neighborhood

right now it doesn't really matter who it belongs to because there's a crime going on you guys go to the crime scenes this is a crime scene come on its an ongoing problem thats been going on for years despite multiple complaints to the

city

people who live in this

neighborhood

said they couldnt get

help

from anyone until i-team reporter jessica mcmaster got involved she cant get in the window mister good I'll get tougher your face will love me too but that's okay yeah you're very personal you're welcome you're welcome come on it's just another day for Pat Clark he's the president of the Oak Park neighborhood association, so now we know. it came from him that this is a dump no it's not a dump it might as well be because that's what you're seeing in dumps

squatters

taking over houses and look now they

want

to run you know there are eight 19 11 11 people there no one who stays here is Owner of these houses, no, they're squatters, look, call them what you

want

, but by law, that's what they call squatters,

trash

spills from the backyard onto the porch and onto the front lawn of this house in south benton avenue in the east side look city i guess they would call these things collectibles you know because it's in the yard barbara johnson lives next door she's the one who reached out to the i-team for

help

saying that his complaints to the city over the years have not. led to a resolution this is what i live with and i have been living with this since 2018 those are flies you see on your tv screen they swarm the area a former professor at umkc johnson has lived in this house for 56 years in the past the city got eight complaints about the

trash

in this house johnson says he doesn't understand why it's allowed to continue they would never allow it if we were a foreclosed avenue or even houses that this would never happen if it was anything but this community but t this is rampant here now no it doesn't happen on the other side of the truth you know the problem according to clark app but it all stems from a much more complex problem we have a homeless problem and everybody knows it but you know when you are homeless and you have nowhere to go when the bridge gets too cold the water gets too deep this is where you end up the i-team saw several people leaving the property next door to johnson too we found squatters living in the house a couple doors down clark and johnson want the city to step up help me help myself they know to come out and help me we investigate the property here and find out it is owned by an llc out of town which can create problems for the city when it comes to law enforcement we also reached out to the city and saw what happened just four days after we told them what was going on with the police the city codes and the app came up along with the police from kansas city. s of importance and then just go ahead and leave the property and not come back, they kicked out the squatters and told the property manager to clean up and then board up the house, but the city doesn't always have the power to do this, he says kcpd officer greg smith do we have to have the consent of the landlord or property manager to be on the property or do we have to have a search warrant or some kind of emergency circumstances officer smith says this part of town is particularly vulnerable to squatting there's just more vacant houses here particularly here on east patrol so you know the house will gravitate towards where the vacant houses are because apparently you know when the house is occupied you know they won't be in them coats and compliance supervisor tamara mills says the only reason the city can tell the squatters to leave is because there are no s public services running on the property usually says his hands are tied, it is extremely irritating that this is so. s is the norm that seems to be becoming what you know every day and this, especially in this particular area, who owns the property also creates problems when it comes to law enforcement, according to the spokesperson for the town, john bakala, this particular property is owned by an llc out of town. they are the bane of the city's existence records show the llc for this house is located in illinois llcs are supposed to leave a local contact for the city to contact but mcauliffe says most of the time that doesn't happen according to city records Over 14,000 homes in Kansas City are owned by out-of-town LLCs and we have out-of-town LLCs in the other 49 states and about a dozen foreign countries, so when they don't leave us a local contact person, things escalate in this case. there is a local contact that allowed the city to go ahead we spoke to the property manager his first name is paul he would not give us his last name the company that owns this they have been aware of this situation for how long we evicted them this year like a year ago couple months paul didn't acknowledge the problem has been going on for years but he has a message for squatters to stay away because we're after them paul tells us the house will be cleaned and boarded up in two days johnson who looked onto the front porch as the squatters were being told to leave, she says she's waited years for this moment, but she's disappointed the news got involved to get a resolution, I appreciate it. so much because now that they've shown up oh thanks mill assures johnson the city will keep an eye on things next door from here on out you have my word i'll make sure all this mess goes away thanks for the prayer how? you heard what he just said right there i love i love this is better this is brand new a brand new start when alan came in on friday he was saying oh okay so preservation could mean us too you know in this neighborhood the tra Most things have been emptied off the property and if you look through the windows here they are boarded up when the city left earlier they brought a social worker with them to help connect squatters with housing in kcmo.
squatters trash kc neighborhood residents want city s help
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