Neighbors frustrated over unkept Havelock home

HAVELOCK, N.C. (WITN) – Residents of Stratford Road in Havelock have expressed frustration over a foreclosed home plagued by trash, scattered personal belongings, and reports of strangers entering the property at all hours.

Neighbors have been seeking city intervention for months, but action was only taken after WITN contacted the City of Havelock.

David Carter, a Stratford Road resident, criticized the city’s inaction and called for a code to address such issues. “We’re a small town, but this isn’t only happening in Havelock,” Carter said. “We need to take care of this issue.”

Following WITN’s inquiry on Tuesday, the city issued an abatement complaint violation to the property owner. The home, despite displaying no trespassing signs and locks placed by a real estate company, remains frequented by its owner and strangers, according to neighbors.

Records show that the owner filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in December.

The city’s notice cited violations for high grass, trash, and debris, and declared the property a public nuisance. The owner has 10 days to address the issues before further action is taken.