Halifax city council has put out a tender to paint and fix the exteriors of three properties in the municipality, prompted by complaints from neighbours about unsightly or dangerous premises.
Maria Caldarozzi has lived in Halifax’s west end for the last 50 years.
She says most homes on the street are well kept —except one.
“It's a shame. It's sad because it is an eyesore when you're walking by and it's a big beautiful home."
A building just down the street from her has been added to the city's list of properties to repair.
"I don't recall the last time it actually was painted,” said Caldarozzi.
The city has issued a tender for repairs and painting on three properties. They’re on Vimy Avenue and Willow and Maynard streets.
That could mean anything from uncut grass, to chipped paint, to piles of garbage.
But it takes more than one neighbour's complaint to put a property on the city's radar.
City officials review every complaint and send out a bylaw officer to take a look.
"They wouldn't issue an order to paint your house if most of the properties on the street were also chipping. But if it's the only one and the other ones were very well maintained, they're going to issue an order to paint your house,” said city spokesperson Jennifer Stairs.
She says it’s not unusual for the city to issue orders, but if a property owner doesn't complete the work the city will step in.
The work is contracted out and the bill is sent to the homeowner.
Stairs says it only happens a few times a year.
If the contractor’s bill doesn't get paid, the city could put a lien on the property.