Honolulu city councilwoman Ann Kobayashi has introduced a bill that would allow city officials to remove nuisances on a person's property, outside of a home.
"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," said Kobayashi.
That's exactly what's happened at one property in Kaimuki as well as others across Oahu. Some neighbors complain of roaches and rats, others say they're concerned with health and safety. Under current law, the city can fine homeowners up to $5,000 per day, but we're told those bills aren't getting paid and the problem's only getting worse.
"We don't want to foreclose on their property because they're not paying the fines, so we're trying to work it out as best we can," said Kobayashi.
If passed, Bill 8 would allow the city to go on private property and clean up at the expense of the homeowner.
"You feel for the neighbors because they have to endure someone's trash which causes vermin and other things to come on to their property," said Kobayashi.
Kobayashi said 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.
"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," said Kobayashi.
If homeowners want their items back Kobayashi said they'd have to pay a storage fee. First reading for this bill will be January 29.