When Hannibal building inspectors decided to walk the streets to look for code violations, a lot caught their eye.
From strange things like carpeted backyards, to collapsed porches.
The city ended up issuing 22 violation notices to property owners.
Kalisha Wear lives on Church Street next to one of the run down homes and she got fed up and called the city.
"It really actually needs to be torn ed down because the kids actually play in the yard," said Wear.
The city came out to the property and issued the owners a violation letter leaving them 30 days to take care of the porch or face a fine.
"I think it is getting a little worse. You know the economy has a lot to do with that. You know folks don't have enough money to take care of problems. Our city is pretty old. You know over 150 years old, so a lot of houses were built 100 years ago," said Hannibal building inspector Joey Burnham.
Burnham said they find out about many of the violations from neighbors like Wear.
"We get complaints plus we do patrol the streets to look at stuff like that but we do receive a lot of complaints," said Burnham.
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