keep your chemicals to yourself please
April 16, 2011 9:05 AM Subscribe
What can I do if my neighbor's pool leaks into my yard? (USA, VA)
posted by headnsouth to law & government (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My neighbors (renters) just installed an above-ground pool, and it immediately sprung a leak and hundreds of gallons of water spilled and seeped into my yard. This is not really a problem, as they hadn't put any chemicals in the water yet, and we've gotten so much rain this spring that another deluge didn't do any harm.
So they've fixed the leak and are moving forward with the project. If it springs another leak after all the chlorine has been added, I won't shrug it off. I have a lot of veggies growing back there and I've put considerable effort into raised beds and organic compost/soil, we have pets, and I like pulling dandelion greens out of the lawn to eat for dinner. Even if I didn't have gardens or pets, it's my yard and I really really really don't want chemicals in it.
So who is at fault (resident renter, property owner?) and what recourse would I have once there is a spill? Should I write the owner a letter now saying "water is ok but no chemicals in my yard please"? Do I make sure they have homeowners' insurance or request that the renter carry renter's insurance? Is damage to a neighbor's yard even included in those kinds of insurance policies? I assume there are companies that could clean my yard/soil for a fee, but how would someone go about doing that? Is it even feasible at all? The owner moved into an apt. and rented out her house last summer for financial reasons. I'm on friendly terms with both owner and renter fwiw.