Former state legislator Christopher Muse on Tuesday denied allegations by the city of South Portland that he violated the city’s housing and nuisance ordinances.

Muse, 58, made his first appearance in Portland District Court Tuesday on the allegations, which were originally made by neighbors of his Mildred Street home.

In May, the city deemed the three-unit building unfit for human habitation because a broken sewer pipe had caused sewage to back up in the basement.

Neighbors later filed a complaint with the city, saying Muse was continuing to live in the house and pumping sewage out the cellar windows.

The City Council deemed the house a public nuisance in June and filed a complaint in court against Muse on July 24.

Judge Keith Powers said Tuesday a hearing on the allegations will be scheduled, likely in November.

Muse, who served three terms as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives, represented himself in court.

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