Albuquerque neighborhood fed up with problem property

A property in northeast Albuquerque, looks more like a junk yard than a home. Neighbors are sick of living next to it, but the city says getting the owner to clean it up has been challenging. 

The city says it received word of the problem property three months ago, but the owner has not been willing to address the problem so they’re taking it to court. 

Residents in the trailer park, say they don’t even want to look at the property anymore. 

For the past two years, the neighbors say they’ve watched the yard become messier, and messier.

“It makes me feel bad because it makes the whole neighborhood look bad,” said a neighbor. 

The yard is so cluttered, you have a difficult time seeing the house itself. 

One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said the yard has gotten worse and worse over the years. 

While neighbors hate living next to it, none of them have complained because they say they don’t want to cause any problems. 

Three months ago, when Albuquerque Police were called to the home for an unrelated incident, they were quick to report it to code enforcement. 

Code enforcement specialists found a long list of violations, including weeds, trash, illegal storage and inoperable cars.

The city says they sent the property owner, Kevin Hoke, notices of his violations, but say Hoke never responded. 

After the notices went ignored, code enforcement sent the case over to legal, and a court date was scheduled for August 2018. 

Hoke, however, failed to show up to his court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

Now the city says until he’s arrested, there’s not much more they can do. 

This is not Hoke’s only failure to appear on a warrant, in fact, he has four. Two of those are regarding property maintenance, the other two are for traffic violations. 

The city planning department says once Hoke is brought in on his charges, it will be up to a judge to decide whether he will be fined, or serve jail time for the mess on his property. 

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