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Abandoned homes an eyesore for Sylvan Heights neighbors

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Some abandoned homes are causing a black eye on one Nashville neighborhood.

Homeowners in Sylvan Heights say they are sick of looking at two boarded up houses on Chamberlin Street.

One of them has been abandoned for several years and the other has remained empty since last year, according to neighbors.

The yards are full of trash and those living in the area fear the homes are breeding grounds for illegal activity.

"Police were recently here.  They found bedding where people had come in and are squatting in the houses.  They found copper plumbing had been tampered with.  It just sort of invites the wrong type of people to come in and linger in the neighborhood unnecessarily," said Kevin Warren.

When News 2 went to the homes Tuesday morning, the back door was standing wide open with broken glass and trash in the doorway.

The homeowner is an elderly woman who now resides in a nursing home.

Her granddaughter, Carolyn Nicholson, called the home "an eyesore" that "needs to be torn down or occupied."

Neighbors say the owner of the other home lives out of town.

The Metro Codes Department says it is aware of the two homes and plans to send someone out to take a closer look. 

If they determine the homes are not secure, the owners will be put on notice.

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