LAS VEGAS -- Residents of Mountain Vista Estates in the east Las Vegas valley have joined forces with Metro Police and Clark County to make landlords more accountable to the neighborhood.
A walk through the neighborhood at Mountain Vista Street and Vegas Valley Drive revealed an area in neglect. Dead birds, debris and trash are strewn about the neighborhood.
Metro officer Shaun Woodard was among about 40 other local law enforcement and county inspectors checking for health and safety violations they blame on irresponsible landlords.
"This is how people are forced to live -- driving around their Dumpsters," Woodard said. "That's unforgivable. These owners must be held accountable."
In one apartment, Woodard said officers found a woman and three children living in an apartment with three broken smoke detectors.
The landlord never fixed them, he said.