What makes a man start fires.
November 29, 2010 5:21 AM Subscribe
Our downstairs neighbors have made a makeshift firepit in the backyard of our New York City apartment building. This seems like it must be incredibly illegal. But is it?
posted by orville sash to law & government (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We live on the third floor of a four-story apartment building. The folks in the ground floor apartment have a backyard which is mostly cement tiles and a patch of grass that's maybe 10x10, which is about 10-15 feet from the apartment.
The other day I noticed that they had built themselves a little fire pit in the center of the grassy patch out of some unused cement tiles that the landlord left in the backyard. The reason I noticed is because they left it burning unattended one night, which doesn't really instill confidence when it comes to their fire safety comprehension.
I don't like it. It seems unsafe, and I've not gotten the most competent vibe from these people. I am nervous having a relatively uncontained fire that close to our house.
Here are my questions:
1.) Is this illegal?
2.) If this is illegal, should I:
a. Go directly to the tenant and ask them to stop having these fires? (my limited prior experience with this tenant makes me think that this will engender enmity rather than create understanding and respect between us)
b. Call 311 to complain?
c. Call the landlord?