Foreclosures are creating opportunities for squatters and
squalor in many neighborhoods throughout Southern California but they're also
an opportunity for the City to collect from lenders who are not properly
The padlock on this foreclosed home on East 47th place in South Los Angeles is not enough to keep people out.
74 year old Emily Gibson, tells Fox11 that "one set of squatters took over and ran with impunity an open drug house. Any 3 year old kid on the block could tell you where the dope house was. We're tired of that."
Gibson has lived on the same block for 40 years and is fighting to clean up the neighborhood. She keeps a beautiful garden and emaculate house.
When she saw this property foreclosed in 2009 it fell into such disrepair that she pays homeless people to help clean up trash and cut the weeds.
Gibson is part of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
-a group calling on city hall to enforce an ordinance that would fine the
owners of the house, chase bank, 1000 dollars a day for not maintaining the
We reached out to Chase Bank and they told us they "are working aggressively with law enforcement to have these squatters removed."
The city says implementing and enforcing the ordinance is a complicated process. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety says it has not received orders to issue the city penalties on chase.
Gibson she says she'll continue to fight to clean up
graffiti on her street and stand up for the neighborhood she's lived in for
The city's Housing and Community Investment Department says no official complaints have been filed about that property and the last time an inspector checked on it was back in 2012, they found the house vacant and the gate locked.
After Fox11's inquiry, the city says it sent out an inspector to check the property.