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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Complaints Over New Garage

Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 04:32 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- How would you like to have a run-down garage next to your backyard?
That's what a local woman says she's had to endure the past several years.
Yet, she says she can't get anything done about it. So, she turned to Local 12 Troubleshooter Howard Ain for help.

Kathi Ryals says she bought her house in Reading about six years ago and says she's been contending with a vacant garage right next to her property.

She says she has never seen anyone use it before, just snakes and other pests.

Ryals says she was hoping the city of Reading would crack down on the owner just as they had done with her.

"When I moved in my garage that was on my property had a hole in the roof that was not visible from the street or anything and I was told I needed to repair it or tear it down." 

This garage, she says, is a lot more dangerous.

"Structurally it's certainly a hazard and I'm afraid that kids around here are going to go in it and its going to fall or something. Its not stable at all."

Now, in the middle of all this, a boat looks to be in fairly good condition but Ryals says in the six years she's lived here no one's ever moved it.

"I'd like to see the area cleaned up. I'd like to clean up my yard and do stuff to my house but I kind of feel its futile if I'm gong to have this eyesore behind me for the rest of my stay here."

Ryals says she's not sure who owns the garage but says she's disgusted.

"The garage has continued to deteriorate since I've been here. After multiple complaints it's still there with nothing being done. There's holes and moss growing on it and critters living in it."

So I contacted Reading City officials and Ain was told the exterior property maintenance department says there's a new owner of the garage.

The prior owner decided to sell rather than fix it up.

But now the city is giving the new owner 30 days to either make repairs or have it condemned.Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Complaints Over New Garage

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