Re: Good Fences = Good Neighbors?
posted at 8/6/2009 4:32 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Good Fences = Good Neighbors?
[QUOTE]Hate to add an opinion which differs from most here but I have to side with samantha on this one. If I were in your shoes I would be more upset about the unsightly trash than your concern about damage to your fence. I have had the same fence in my back yard for more than 20 years. My neighbor (who I am great friends with) stacks wood against it and several other items. The fence is fine! I didn't read all the posts but I did see one that said your fence was on the property line and then another that countered this. I would be careful about how big of a stink you make this to be because if it is on the line she could legally force you to move it. It doesn't matter if it was installed by the previous owner. You bought the house along with the problems that go with it.
Posted by ubet[/QUOTE]
If it was wood stacked against the fence that would be OK with me. This is cardboard boxes, lots and lots of plastic and metal (think rust), plastic garbage bags (think wet and rot). As for the property thing; here we go again. The property line was surveyed by the town years ago and it was determined the previous owners were to move the fence to where it now stands..on what is now my property, my responsibility. Lastly, I am doing everything in my power to NOT make a big deal out if this which is why I only spoke about it once
and they agreed to move it but only removed a few items and left everything else and have since added to the pile. So one more time:
PROPERTY PREVIOUSLY SURVEYED BY TOWN PRIOR TO MY PURCHASING HOME
FENCE MOVED ACCORDING TO SURVEY BY PREVIOUS OWNERS
CURRENT FENCE REPLACED BY ME AT MY EXPENSE DUE TO FENCE BEING OLD AND ROTTING (I could have asked the neighbors to chip in since it rests on a line but took on the replacement myself which gives them privacy and a nice fence at no cost to them).
WHERE FENCE NOW SITS IS ON LINE OF PROPERTY
FENCE BELONGS TO ME AS RECOGNIZED BY TOWN
Let me ask you this FOSS (friend of samanthastevens); If you own a car and park it in YOUR driveway that has a property line adjacent to the next door neighbor's driveway and the next door neighbor's kid is, let's say, throwing rocks while in their yard but rocks are hitting YOUR CAR...how would you handle it? Maybe you would be careful not to say anything because after all, they are throwing rocks while on their own property and it just happens that YOUR CAR is in the way??? Do you figure you have no recourse as to any damages because they aren't throwing rocks while standing in your driveway or maybe you have no right to tell parents how to raise their children? You pay to have the dings/dents repaired on YOUR car even though someone else caused the damage. Does that seem fair enough to you?
Can I possibly explain the ownership and legality of the fence any clearer? It belongs to ME . It is considered, through a town surveyence that it rests on MY PROPERTY and therefore belongs to ME. I own it. I repair it, replace it, stain it, paint it, burn it down if I so desire. Does someone then have a right to be negligent and disrespectful of the property that belongs, I'll say it one more time, TO ME?