There are currently two empty homes in East Vancouver that are being repurposed by some nearby residents as a junk yard, containing anything from mattresses, furniture, rotting food and garbage.
The homes are located on East 49th Avenue at Dumfries and Argyle and have apparently been sitting empty for some time. While details on the status of the homes and who owns them are unknown, images taken on Google Streetview show the Dumfries home appearing abandoned as late as July 2014 and the Argyle home empty in May 2015.
The area around the homes sits in a thick waft of rotting food aroma, according to Vancity Buzz reporter Behdad Mahichi who was on the scene Thursday morning. Neighbours have been complaining to the City of Vancouver for over six months, says Global BC, and a clean up crew from the city has now arrived to begin removing the garbage.
Other homes for sale in the neighbourhood are going for over $1 million. The Dumfries home sits on land worth $788,000 and the entire property was assessed in May 2015 at $813,000. The Argyle home is worth $674,700.
The City of Vancouver told Vancity Buzz an inspector was sent to 1507 East 49th Ave on July 28 and issued an order for the property to be cleaned on July 31. The owner of the property has been given until August 10, 2015 to remove all of the rubbish and discarded materials on the property. If the owner does not comply, then the City will hire a contractor to carry out the work on the property and then invoice the cost of the work to the owner. If the costs incurred are not paid, the City can add such costs to the property tax roll for collection.
In 2014, the City sent inspectors out 203 times to 85 different addresses.