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Bad Neighbor (by alice lane [MD]) May 12, 2018 4:05 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) May 12, 2018 4:11 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by AllyM [NJ]) May 12, 2018 4:51 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by RR78 [VA]) May 12, 2018 6:31 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by DJ [VA]) May 12, 2018 6:38 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by LindaJ [NY]) May 12, 2018 7:06 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by Robert J [CA]) May 12, 2018 10:02 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by Small po vrtatoes [NY]) May 12, 2018 10:49 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by alice lane [MD]) May 13, 2018 5:01 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by Smokowna [MD]) May 13, 2018 6:07 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by rentON [PA]) May 13, 2018 6:13 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by Ken [NY]) May 13, 2018 6:43 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) May 13, 2018 6:47 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by JR [ME]) May 13, 2018 6:55 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) May 13, 2018 9:15 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by Busy [WI]) May 13, 2018 9:30 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) May 13, 2018 2:31 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by cjo'h [CT]) May 13, 2018 4:16 PM
       Bad Neighbor (by Nicole [PA]) May 14, 2018 8:34 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by cjo'h [CT]) May 14, 2018 11:27 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by LisaFL [FL]) May 14, 2018 11:47 AM
       Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) May 14, 2018 11:56 AM

Bad Neighbor (by alice lane [MD]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 4:05 PM

In 2003 my next door neighbor sold their house to a couple who do not maintain their yard. Iíve had a tree die b/c overgrown vines from their yard migrated onto the back of my pine tree and I didnít notice that for some timeframe and when I saw the vines and cut them off by the time I cut off the vines the back side of my tree was dead.

While in my yard today I see they now have a dead tree laying on the ground in their back yard right next to my back yard. It is about 9 ft tall and trunk is about 10 inches in diameter. This dead tree will attract bugs, termites and perhaps other things as it decays. I have no idea how long it has been there.

Where do I report neighbor yard issue in my county? Of course Iíd prefer to remain anonymous but b/c their dead tree is so close to my yard they will know Iíve reported them. Any recommendations on how to handle that aspect of this mess?

This is not the first yard issue. Several yrs back they planted 5 mid sized trees right on the property line. Of course over time their growth is in my property. When they were out their planting them I spoke with them about this and they were arrogant and told me to 'go away'... Recommendations are appreciated.


Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 4:11 PM

I'd probably do the same as the neighbors.

Not to be mean, but why are you worried about a rotting tree in their yard?

You already talked to them about it, kind of hard to stay anonymous at this point.

Just maintain your yard and treat for bugs as needed.

If I had a rotten tree in my yard and my neighbor had a problem with it, I just might throw a few bags of trash next to it for a while.

Maybe a new higher fence is in order?

Bad Neighbor (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 4:51 PM

If it's a pine it probably won't attract anything. Maybe the Health Department would help you out there. I put some stale dog kibble out for birds years ago and it was too close to the main sidewalk so someone reported me. A large poorly spoken, poorly educated woman came out and raised hell with me about it. By then it was gone so she berated me for some tree limbs that had just come down in a storm and I did not even have time to get someone to remove them. It was March and she complained that a garbage can lid was off and full of water and would attract mosquitos. I just smiled sweetly and eventually she left. I got her back when I gave her name to a lot of people who wanted someone to complain to about the college students making a mess on their street. I bet she had to put up with a lot from those folks.

Bad Neighbor (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 6:31 PM

Dont think reporting it will result in city doing anything.

Maybe a privacy fence so you dont see these things that bother you.

No different than them having a stack of firewood.

Bad Neighbor (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 6:38 PM

If the termites get busy eating the tree, they won't be eating your house. I really don't think you have grounds to do anything except trim any branches that hang over your side of the fence.

Bad Neighbor (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 7:06 PM

Put up a fence, a solid fence that you don't have to see what the neighbor's do in their yard. Cut anything that hangs over your property.

Bad Neighbor (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 10:02 PM

I document everything with neighbors with my rental properties. Over 5 times neighbors agreed to a solution and then called the police that I did something that we hadn't agreed upon. Even with tape recordings, letters, emails, etc, neighbors can be nasty and want money for so called damages --47.156.xx.xx

Bad Neighbor (by Small po vrtatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 12, 2018 10:49 PM

This winter I was working in a building I hadn't before. The neighbors were piling their driveway snow alongside my building. I didn't get into it with them because I didn't want it to eat away at me. The basement doesn't seem to be bothered by the moisture. My carpenter thinks I should erect snow fence next year to teach them a lesson.

Similar thing on another property. After I didn't accept the neighbors son as a tenant she began shoveling her snow on my sidewalk.

I can't be everywhere so I figure neighbors are helpful or benign at worst. Certainly don't want to antagonize them.

Bad Neighbor (by alice lane [MD]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 5:01 AM

Kind of funny here that I am advised Not to do anything to antagonize them yet look at what they have done to antagonize me.

There is wisdom in these replies and I am grateful for each. I am listening. I am waiting to think about this further.Basically, this boils down to laziness and selfishness. Neighbors that have zero orientation on what Their Neighbors will experience by their bad behavior are lousy but ultimately those neighbors never move, and the ones that are the best neighbors move. Why is this?

Bad Neighbor (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:07 AM

I like your observation. Those neighbors will stay forever, it is their right.

Being anonymous is ridiculous. If you don't have the ability to state your case to the neighbor than you are the problem. A clever neighbor will know ways to continue bothering you. Bothering you would be easy if you believe a fallen tree would attract termites that somehow would harm you. Maryland is full of termite colonies and they serve a purpose.

I have a good friend how constantly complains to me about their neighbors taking up street parking, having too many cars, having too many kids etc. I've listened to these complaints for a decade. Those friends should have moved.

At may shacks I will not allow anything in the yards. Not outside storage, not anything. My neighbors tend to be messy. There have been times where I went and cleaned their mess. I have never called the county.

(I should add, in my book my shacks don't ever look good enough. I always feel as though I could do more. It is not easy for your neighbors to tend to their yard. That is what needs to change - the county will not change that).

Bad Neighbor (by rentON [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:13 AM

Another vote to put up a privacy fence. Out of sight and out of mind.

Good luck. --67.165.xx.xx

Bad Neighbor (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:43 AM

Have you considered that the neighbor may consider you a lousy neighbor?

Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:47 AM

Ken, I may have to drive up your way for a day or 2 sometime and shadow you if you were willing.

This hiring out, as I have stated many times, just doesn't make sense to me. I can't get me head around it. I don't know how I could buy properties any cheaper.

Maybe I could hire it out on turnover of complete units, but making ready gutted buildings from newly purchased properties would make the project too expensive to keep especially for rentals. Flips not so much. I've found those much easier to hire more out.

Bad Neighbor (by JR [ME]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:55 AM

Alice, several years ago I had a tree in my backyard that was visible from the street if you looked just the right way over the fence in the spring of the year. I have a three acre lot and this tree was not located near any property line, structure, etc. One day, a fellow who lives about 5 blocks away stopped by my house to telll me tthat I must cut off this dead branch as it posed a risk of falling and killing one of my children if they happened to be playing under it at the exact second that a gust of wind blew up an knocked the limb down. He said HE worried about this happening a lot.

At first, I was offended, but over time I came to realize this man is probably mentally ill....

Bad Neighbor (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 9:15 AM

All I am seeing from way over here is neglect on your part. Your yard is not the neighbor's responsibility. How long does it take for a vine to kill a tree? Years. You never paid any attention to your yard or your tree. That's on you.

On the flip side, your neighbor's yard is not really your responsibility. If they want a dead tree in their yard, it isn't your problem.

If you paid as much attention to your own yard as you are paying to their yard, you would have taken care of the encroaching vines long before your tree was damaged.

Bad Neighbor (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 9:30 AM

Dead trees are called snags. They have an ecosystem all of their own. Beneficials may reside in them.

Spend more time working on your rentals, you'll be too tired to worry about neighbors.

Remember, it could always be worse. Oh, and that vine probably did not kill your spruce (I am doubting it was a pine. Conifer, yes, pine, probably not. )

Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 2:31 PM

Please disregard my previous post. It's in the wrong location.

Bad Neighbor (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 4:16 PM

I can't understand how a vine would kill a tree.they do play hell with buildings............charlie. ........................especially Ivy......................................................................... --174.199.x.xx

Bad Neighbor (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 8:34 AM

vines absolutely kill trees ... but it takes a long time and a lot of them. I have 75 acres of woods I'm trying to regenerate that have been choked out by invasive weeds/vines over the past 30 years.

Agree with the others to mind your own business.

Bad Neighbor (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 11:27 AM

Nicole, poor Alice would have an awful time if the Lived next to your woods,She'd never be able to keep up.Of course she could go on a cruise, but then there would be no trees

.......Charlie.....................................................................could....complain about the waves.................too high. Too low..... --174.199.x.xx

Bad Neighbor (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 11:47 AM

Well at least the tree is dead and lying in their yard. I don't like people with dead trees that are standing and therefore dangerous....especially when they're likely to fall on my house.

Unfortunately there are neighbors everywhere who don't maintain their homes and have total disregard for their neighbors and neighborhood. There isn't a whole lot you can do about it.

Bad Neighbor (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 11:56 AM

Make them an offer. --174.201.xx.x

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