Officials with the City of London want to demolish five derelict homes because of recurring problems with squatters, pests and rising enforcement costs.
The homes, the majority of which are close to the downtown, are neighbourhood eyesores with overgrown yards, broken windows and in some cases collapsing roofs and floors.
Besides being ugly, they're dangerous, according to city officials. Serving as a safe haven for insects, vermin and even squatters, looking for shelter from the elements.
All of them are subject to numerous enforcement orders by the City of London that their owners have ignored, that officials have finally had enough and have ordered them torn down for the good of the community.