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Vacant Homes Attract Crime; Slow Process Cleaning Them Up

Over the past several months KHQ investigated the vacant home problem in Spokane. The issue of what to do with vacant homes is not Spokane specific. Many cities deal with it. Over the past several months KHQ investigated the vacant home problem in Spokane. The issue of what to do with vacant homes is not Spokane specific. Many cities deal with it.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Over the past several months KHQ investigated the vacant home problem in Spokane. The issue of what to do with vacant homes is not Spokane specific. Many cities deal with it. In Spokane it can take months even years, after the owner walks away from the house, to demolish the home or get it sold to another party.

In the meantime homeowners who live next to these problem homes deal with crime and sometimes arson that these houses attract. KHQ spoke to several people within the city, including code enforcement, fire investigators and several neighbors who deal with the problem.

What can you do to clean up your block and move along the process? In a Center For Investigative Action report, KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus explores the vacant home "problem" in Spokane and why often times it takes the city months even years to get these homes turned around. Tonight at 6 only on KHQ Local News.

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