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Neglected yards could cost homeowners

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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South community has a message for their residents: Clean up your lawn or pay .

Southaven is cracking down on city codes. If you have been neglecting your yard, you may want to get outside and mow, or else the violations could cost you.

Brian Gray has noticed a couple of homes in his neighborhood that are in need of attention.

"It could look better," he said.

Overgrown grass and trash out front make one of the properties an eyesore. It is the abandoned properties that new city leaders want cleaned up so that other people in the neighborhood will not look to move.

"Why would I want to live in that neighborhood if those other houses in the neighborhood are down and shabby looking," said Gray.

Southaven's new board is making code enforcement a top priority, particularly overgrown grass.

"There's other issues with vehicles parked in the yard, things like that, but these are all things that decrease property values," said Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite.

Grass growing higher than six inches is a code violation.

If Southaven residents do not mow the lawn within one week of receiving a door hanging warning them of the violation, they will be ordered to appear in city court where they could be fined a minimum of $100.

The Southaven Board of Aldermen will vote Tuesday to condemn and clean up a couple of properties, but the city wants homeowners to be proactive so that yards do not end up getting out of hand.

The city planner says the three main violations that can get someone in trouble include grass taller than six inches, cars parked on the lawn, and yard signs left out.

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