wtaer run off

Folks
Wonder if anyone knows best solution. I purchased my house 13year
ago. The previous neighbor paved 3/4 of his yard 25 years ago. Th pitch of the yard is directed into my yard. Approx. 6-10 times year my back portion of my yard floods. The previous neighbor ha sold to a new family...they have 4-6 cars on the paved area I wonde what the run off is carring with it ie. oil etc. Is this legal an if so what is my best remedy...my gardener suggested a pumpin system...$8,000.00 + maint. Please help :
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On Tue, 28 Feb 2006 16:02:21 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@spam.invalid (waite) wrote:

Are you in a city? they should have an office of "code compliance" or something similar. Talk to them.
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Is your property next to any open land? If so, you can backhoe several ditches leading from your yard into it, layer the bottoms of the ditches with gravel, sand, and dirt. That will help get it off of your yard, but it wont help with the problem.
Dwayne

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waite wrote:

Just a suggestion. Ask the folks over at alt.home.repair. That group is just buzzing with information and knowledge. Check with the city and see if the previous owner got a permit to build it that way. If not, he may responsible for fixing the problem.
-Felder.
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Have you politely asked the neighbour to abate this nuisance?
If he will not, as this is an international forum there are many different possibilities regarding the law wherever you are.
First approach your local Municipal Council or other Govmint Authority to see if they have a code or bylaw that covers the situation. It may be in relation to disposing of ground water on their own property, not running a parking lot or not polluting the neighbourhood. If they do have such a thing make a complaint or do whatever is required to get them to act.
If there is no such law then you are on your own and this would generally mean you have to commence a civil suit for damages. See your lawyer and listen carefully about the likely cost and chance of winning before you get too wound up about it. It may be that such a suit:
- would take a long time - cost a great deal - have no certainty of success - have no certainty of compelling the result that you want even if you theoretically win.
In such a case it may be cheaper to take action on your side of the fence (hard to say what that would be without knowing the lie of the land) or just endure it.
David
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seems easiest to get the neighbour to do something voluntarily such as a garden or grass along the boundary. My garage roof drained straight onto the neightbours property when I bought this place 3 years ago. One of the first things I did was dig soak holes either end of the garage and pipe the water into them. Neighbours claimed not to realise the way my garage had drained into their section.
If it is just water, depending on the lay out of your section, are you able to install some type of french drain and hive the water off to one end of your section?
rob
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