“We have a serious problem with rats,” said Dils, who lives on Surrey Park Trail, across the street from houses that back up to the property, which is owned by the nearby Congregation Dor Tamid synagogue on Parsons Road.
He said the house on the lot has been abandoned for years with grass and weeds growing more than one-foot tall.
“I’ve estimated that it’s over an acre of land that is run-down [and] full of grass,” Dils said. “They’ve done nothing.”
He believes the pest problem and overgrown yard are driving property values down. He took his concerns to city officials last week.
Justin Kirouac, of Johns Creek’s planning and zoning division, said the city issued the property owner a notice to bring the property back into compliance. The city mandates property owners must keep their grass less than 10 inches tall, he said.
“We received confirmation from [the property owners],” Kirouac said. “They’ll be out there soon to cut down all the high grass and weeds and bring the property to compliance.”
Joel Lesser, facilities trustee for Congregation Dor Tamid, said the synagogue has been aware of the high grass and has been in contact with the city about the yard.
“Our landscaper has had it scheduled, but it keeps raining and he can’t get heavy equipment in there when it’s soggy,” he said.
Maintenance has been scheduled again for this week, Lesser said.
Kirouac said this is not the first time there has been yard issues at the same property.
“In 2011, there was a similar complaint that was filed dealing with that same thing — high grass, weeds and rats coming out of the structure,” he explained. “The structure was inspected by Fulton County Health and no violations were found there at that point. That jurisdiction’s over animal control.”
He added, “Our inspector found there were violations of high grass and weeds around the property, and they were made to bring that into compliance under the city for property maintenance.”
Dils remembers similar problems a couple years ago and that the lot “more or less got cleaned up” on that occasion, he said.
Kirouac said Fulton County has been contacted again about the property but “they say the structure is secure and there does not appear to be an issue” in regards to rat control.