The wet weather this summer means high grass and a high volume of weed violations in Huntsville. Code enforcement officers can barely keep up with complaints this year.
If you let it grow over eight inches you are technically violating city code. Code Enforcement Officer Travis Cummings said tall grass and weeds can not only be an eye sore, it also allows for more rodents and bugs in the area. Cummings also said it can decrease your property value by up to 10 percent.
Code enforcement has seen a 40 percent increase in complaints this year.
If you're found to be in violation you get a two-week grace period before the city cuts it for you and your stuck with a hefty bill.
"You may talk to someone; they just had a death in the family, but regardless what you have going on in a person's life, you still have a responsibility to your neighbors and your property to maintain," said Cummings.
The city will take repeat violators to court or place liens on properties that are constantly left un-maintained. With very five code officers to patrol Huntsville, the department relies on neighbors to call in problem spots.
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