City staff fail to enter Talbot house

By Linda (Linjun) Fan

City staff of Albany failed to enter the house at 1075 Talbot Avenue Wednesday, as the owners of the house didn’t show up for an inspection scheduled by the city.

About a hundred neighbors have signed a petition letter recently urging the city to act on the house, which they regard as a nuisance property.

City staff wrote a letter to the owner of the house, and scheduled to inspect the house on Wednesday, April 2, after receiving neighbors’ complaints.

However, the owners of the house didn’t respond to the letter, or show up at the house at the time of the scheduled inspection.

City staff couldn’t enter the house without the owners’ consent.

Jeff Bond, Planning and Building Manager, said after the failed inspection that he would consult Albany’s City Attorney, and try to get a court warrant to enter the house.

Talbot house April 2

Albany’s Community Development Director Anne Chaney (right), and Building Inspector David Henderson (left ), looked at Planning and Building Manager Jeff Bond, as he was making a phone call in front of the closed door of the vacant house at 1075 Talbot Avenue. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

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3 Responses to City staff fail to enter Talbot house

  1. MS says:

    Thankfully the city is following up on this. I’ve complained several times to the city, too. (I didn’t get to sign the petition, because I’m a block away); and I’ve seen the deterioration for years, since my high school children were playing in the kiddie park across the street.

    The photo does not show that every window in the house is broken, with vines and bushes growing into every opening. There are shopping carts in the back yard, grass and weeds get 3-4 feet tall every spring, until the city chops it all down. The house is a danger, a fire hazard, and a likely home for homeless people.

  2. Nat says:

    It is wonderful that city is finally taking action. I am very concerned about deteriorating property on Jackson str. That one is so bad that you can’t even enter it – no stairs…Recently the old truck had been moved to the house to cove completely broken garage door. Amazing how this can happen in such an expensive area like Albany. Why not to sell?!

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