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Homeowner upset of house code controversy

An Albany property owner believes the city is unfairly singling her out for code violations. (Source: WALB) An Albany property owner believes the city is unfairly singling her out for code violations. (Source: WALB)
Albany resident Patricia Kalka (Source: WALB) Albany resident Patricia Kalka (Source: WALB)
City Attorney Nathan Davis (Source: WALB) City Attorney Nathan Davis (Source: WALB)
Patricia Kalka owns a house at 8th Avenue and Madison Street.  (Source: WALB) Patricia Kalka owns a house at 8th Avenue and Madison Street. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany property owner believes the city is unfairly singling her out for code violations.

Patricia Kalka owns a house at 8th Avenue and Madison Street. 

She said she hopes to fix it up to rent it out, but right now it doesn't have electricity or plumbing, which violates city code.

The city deemed it a nuisance and ordered Kalka to court on Wednesday.

"I think we're targeted, they'll tax us in one week's time. They say they're going to tear down the building. They say that it's dilapidated, it's not the case and that's not true," explained resident Patricia Kalka.

"Complaints from neighbors then when the file reaches where they can't deal with property owners if they can't get any compliance they send them over here and we choose them at random 10 to 15 every month," said City Attorney Nathan Davis.

Davis said the city helped Kalka take pictures of the property so she has documentation for her court hearing. 

The judge could order Kalka to renovate the home or tear it down.

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