When he showed up at the home Knowlton he immediately noticed more damage to the property, something he’s been complaining about for some time now.
"It appears that somebody has been breaking into the house," Knowlton said. "I just noticed that the window is gone, now I was here about a week ago and I noticed that the door had been battered in and the door was secured."
Knowlton said thousands of dollars worth of plumbing upgrades he made were stolen from his property earlier this year. He also said that building supplies, windows, and siding has also gone missing. In light of the recent complaints from neighbors Knowlton felt compelled to point out what he sees as another issue with this property.
"I don't know who is taking this stuff out and nobody seems to see anything but the neighborhood is concerned because it's an eyesore?” Knowlton asked. “You know I just don't understand this, nobody sees anything but yet stuff is going on."
Knowlton said that on top of having to pay fines he also saw his assessment increase from $10,000 because it was a rehab property to $50,000 during the last tax cycle. When asked he said his property’s condition is not something he’s proud of.
“No, I can see why people would be upset in the condition the house is in but you know when you're caught between a rock and a hard place what are you supposed to do?" Knowlton responded. "The money that I have set aside to rehab the house they keep taking it for fines."
Knowlton, who owns two other properties in the city, said he is hoping to work with the city to make the necessary repairs.
"I am trying, this is a hardship case here and it seems like every time I get a chance to get going on this something drags me down again,” Knowlton said.