Imagine living next to someone's property that looked like the photo above. What would you do? What can you do?

According to CT Post, in Danbury, there's a home on Oakland Avenue targeted by the city's blight-fighting team known as UNIT, which stands for Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team.

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The backyard was strewn with mountains of garbage and the residents had apparently cut a hole in their rear deck to deposit their trash. As a result, the backyard looked like a dump with a wrecked RV added to the piles of garbage.

Here's an example of what it's like - check out this Grenada Hills home in California.

Rats had smelled the stench and began helping themselves to the garbage. Because the home was in foreclosure, the process moved at a snail pace. Finally, Danbury's blight police could issue orders for immediate cleanup after two years.

When the house was finally sold, the lender had to drop $5,000 for the cleanup, which took weeks to coordinate and three days to finish. So what can you do if you live in a neighborhood with a house like this?

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In the city of Danbury, click on and submit a service request to Sean Stillman, the UNIT director. (The United Neighborhood Inspection Team).

To find out if your town has a blight ordinance and what can be done, I suggest calling the main number listed on the town or city's website. For example, click

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