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Neighbors frustrated with Spokane nuisance home

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Patricia Miller loves sitting on the front porch of her historic Spokane home, but in the last few days the view hasn’t been so pleasant.

Miller, 67, says it all started early Thursday morning, when a tenant located at 903 W. Augusta Ave. started throwing belongings out her second-story window.

“This is a good neighborhood and there are a lot of good people here,” said Miller. “And no one deserves to have this, not the tenants and not the rest of the neighbors.”

Miller says she called the landlord and asked if it was going to get cleaned up, but the mess is still there. It’s been moved to the ally, but the stuff is still overflowing out of the garbage cans and blowing all over the neighborhood.

“I’ve cleaned up the front of mine [home],” said Miller. “We have a good neighborhood and we want to keep it that way and we just need help doing it.”

Miller says what appears on the outside of the home is a reflection of what’s going on inside.

“If I didn’t have an alarm system I would be afraid to go to bed,” said Miller. “I truly would because of the kind of traffic that is across the street.”

Miller says over the course of five days, she counted 134 people go in and out of the 8-apartment building.

KHQ called police and found out that in the past 12 months, they have responded to several dozen calls at the property, including drug and violence calls.

The city of Spokane did implement new rules to help crack down on problem houses. The rules allow police to respond more quickly and give property owners more leeway to evict the people causing problems.

KHQ reached out to the owner of the property who had no comment at the time, however, he said he would be open to talk about the house on Wednesday.

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