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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The ​12 NEWS DEFENDERS are taking action for residents fed up of with seeing overgrown grass and weeds in their neighborhoods. Numerous calls of complaints have been fielded.

Thanks to a Montgomery city ordinance, those eyesores can be taken care of and property owners have to pay for it. All you need to do is call 311 and give the address of the property that has grass and weeds that are at least 12 inches high, junk cars, graffiti, or trash.

Once the address is reported and found to be in violation, the owner has ten days to address the problem and if they don't, they will be fined $150 and the city will take care of it.

Anyone who is a repeat offender will be slapped with a $50 fine immediately and could face more fees. It could take up to 35 days for the city to get the yard looking good again.

"It is a health and safety issue for the citizens and city of Montgomery," said Chris Conway, Director of Public Works for Montgomery. "We don't want to harbor anything that might be dangerous, whether it be animals or just things in the yard that you might come in contact with, that's why we are so focused on that." 

If you contact 311, your call will remain confidential, so you can avoid conflict with your neighbors. The city also has a 311 app that you can use to report the problem, just search "Access Montgomery".

When it comes to boarded up homes and buildings, although they may be an eyesore, city officials say they're actually in compliance with requirements for safety.

If you have a Defenders story that you need us to cover, email defenders@wsfa.com

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