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Ask 13: What can be done about rats, animals inhabiting abandoned house?

"Why has the city not done anything to the abandoned property beside 102 Holland St. in Asheville?" a viewer who wants to remain anonymous wrote. "This house burned to the ground many years ago, and we as neighbors continue to watch rats and other wild animals inhabit this property." (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Neighbors in north Asheville said they have a problem -- rats and wild animals are inhabiting an abandoned property nearby.

"Why has the city not done anything to the abandoned property beside 102 Holland St. in Asheville?" a viewer who wants to remain anonymous wrote. "This house burned to the ground many years ago, and we as neighbors continue to watch rats and other wild animals inhabit this property."

Most of the property is fenced, but remnants of the burned home are visible. Part of the open basement is exposed, and the front door and a window have been broken out.

News 13 sent the anonymous letter to the city, which in turn sent an inspector to look at the property.

City of Asheville communication specialist Polly McDaniel said the city has no record of any complaints about the property.

"As it is the responsibility of the property owner to secure the property, the city will send the property owner a letter advising the owner of his or her options. The owner's choice will be to board up the windows and doors and/or fence off access to the house. They will also have the option of tearing down the remainder of the house," McDaniel said.

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