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Howard finds a ‘Munsters’ house in Queens

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QUEENS (PIX11) -- When Mae Rudawitz of Fresh Meadows got in touch with us about a house behind hers being overgrown with vegetation, we really had no idea how bad it was. The truth is, it’s like a jungle. The scene reminded me of something out of The Munsters. What a mess!

As Mae and her husband Ed tell it, the owner hasn’t been seen in years. In fact, they have no idea who is actually paying the taxes on it.

“The house has been in disrepair for years," Ed told me. “And it’s becoming an environmental fire and safety hazard.”

“I don’t understand why the city isn’t coming in and condemning the house!” That was Mae’s take.

Getting the monstrosity of a house torn down would be great. But first step: a clean-up. We contacted the city Health Department and sanitation department. The law is before the city can do a clean-up, it has to give the owner 5 days notice. So, the city mailed a notice to the owner’s last known address.

But nothing happened after 5 days. So we got back in touch to find out what was up. That friendly reminder did the trick.

The first thing this past Monday morning, sanitation had a crew out there. For some reason, Mae says they couldn’t clean up the backyard. But it’s a good start.

Take a look at the before and after in the video and you’ll see what I mean.