New bill aims to clean up cluttered private propertiesUPDATED 10:40 PM HST Jan 27, 2014Video Transcript
If you won't clean up your property -- soon the city could -- and it'll be at your expense. Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies. Kenny Choi has the night off. KITV4's Brenton Awa more on the new bill designed to clean house. It might not look like it from the outside -- but behind this clutter -- is a house where neighbors say someone lives... They've offered to help clean up - to no avail. 451 "THEY'RE HOARDERS I GUESS AND THEY KEEP COLLECTING THINGS IN THEIR HOUSE AND WHEN IT GETS TOO FULL IT SPILLS OUT INTO THE YARD." That's exactly what's happened here in Kaimuki as well as other parts of Oahu. Some neighbors here complain of roaches and rats... Others too shy to go on camera say they're concerned with health and safety on this street. Under current law -- the city can fine homeowners up to 5-thousand-dollars per day. But we're told those bills aren't getting paid and the problem's only getting worse. 907 "WE DON'T WANT TO FORECLOSE ON THEIR PROPERTY BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT PAYING THE FINES SO WE'RE TRYING TO WORK OUT AS BEST WE CAN." The new bill was brought up last week by city councilwoman Ann Kobayashi. If passed Bill 8 would allow the city to go on private property and CLEAN-UP -- at the expense of the homeowner. 533 - 547 "YOU FEEL FOR THE NEIGHBORS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO ENDURE SOMEONES TRASH WHICH CAUSES VERMIN AND OTHER THINGS TO COME ON TO THEIR PROPERTY." Kobayashi says the city would have to work with the Department of Health to decide if hazards exist on certain properties. Then the homeowners would get a notice. And finally -- city crews would show up. 750 "USUALLY WHEN WE REMOVE THINGS WE HAVE THESE STORAGE PLACES AND WE'LL LEAVE IT THERE AND I THINK IT HAS TO BE A MINIMUM OF 30-DAYS." If homeowners want their items back -- Kobayashi says they'd have to pay a storage fee. First reading for this bill will be this Wednesday at full council so there's still time for people to comment on it. If it becomes law -- Ann Kobayashi tells us the earliest it could be imposed is in three months.