Please Help Us Deal With A Nasty Neighbor
April 24, 2009 2:50 PM Subscribe
help us figure out what to do about our nasty neighbor. We have a chain link fence between our yards. Because we were on great terms with the people who used to live there before her, their detached garage forms part of the fence that keep our two Labrador dogs in our yard.
Two short sections of fence on her property connect their garage to the rest of OUR fence. She just
told us that she is going to take those sections down tomorrow, which means our dogs will be able get out of our yard. That is what I need advice about ASAP.
posted by 14580 to Human Relations (43 answers total)
Here is some background. Today we came home from work to find that she had all the branches of our two maple trees that over hang her yard trimmed at the property line (although some were trimmed well back on our property). It looks like crap. She also did the same thing to all her other neighbors last year. I've heard that she is blaming the poor condition of her black top driveway on our trees, even though she has never sealed it or done any maintenance on it in the ten years she has lived there.
For years she has blown most of her leaves into our front yard. She stopped when I finally called the police about it. But now she leaves them on the edge our property line, knowing that they will eventually blow into my yard and I will clean them up. Apparently she thinks that since some of them came from my trees, those leaves, along with the leaves from her trees, and any leaves that blow into her yard from other neighbors should all be my problem.
She has been feuding with all her other neighbors for years. We have had many other issues with her but we have gone out of our way to avoid starting a feud. We are not very friendly with her but we are not hostile either.
We have gotten to know her well enough to believe that talking with her is probably not going to work. I am also not in the mood to talk nice anymore.
What can we do to keep the fence intact or at least delay her until we can get a twenty-five foot section put up? I am willing to spend money on a lawyer or legal solution.
We live in upstate NY if that matters. When she bought the house we signed an agreement saying that we would not try to usurp the small piece of property next to her garage that we were using.