I am new here and am looking for some help or information please. Unfortunately, I do not live in the country, but I wish I did, I hate the city. If I could afford it, I would move to the country and away from all the hustle-bustle, traffic, and people.
I found this group when I was doing a search at Google for "problem neighbors" so I guess I will post my problem here. I live in a "old" residential part of the city where the homes in the neighborhood are all right next to one another. The homes are probably about 30 feet from one another. Well as you guessed it, my problem is with one of my neighbors.
My neighbor who lives to the right of me is the problem. His driveway is on the right side of my home where the grassy area is ( my driveway is on the the left side of my house ). His driveway is about 12 feet wide, then he has 2 feet of ( grass ) property line, and the rest of the yard to my house is my property.
On my grassy area, I have some flowers, rose bushes, 2 small dwarf Alberta trees, a small pine tree and another small decorative tree. One of the things that really angers me is that I take alot of pride and do alot of hard work to keep my yard clean and looking nice, and he knows this because he is always watching me all the time, because he is always home, 24 hours a day, because he is collecting disability income from the government because of is "bad back".
Anyway one of the things he does is he stands out on his small back porch about every ten minutes and smokes his white Marlboro Lights, and when he gets done, he throws his cigarette butts over into my yard!!! I will go to bed at nightime, and wake up the next morning and go outside to water my plants and flowers and there will be like 7 white smoke butts on my lawn. WHY can't he throw them in his backyard?? WHY can't he put them in a jar or a bucket?? NO, he throws them in my yard. I usually pick up the stupid cig. butts and throw them away but what I did a few weeks ago was start counting how many cig. butts he is throwing into my yard. I started picking them up on Monday all the way to Sunday. One week there was 63 in my yard. The next week there were 57, and another week there were 65. So basically he is throwing about 60 cig. butts a week into MY yard, not to mention his cigarette wrappers as well!!!
Now I doubt that there is anykind of law to prevent him from doing this, but hopefully there is for my next question. In the winter he uses his snowblower and blows all the snow from his driveway into my yard. He runs the snowblower so high that snow hits the side of my house and my windows. If we have a big snowstorm, all the snow in my yard, plus his from his driveway, will bury my basement windows, my flowers, and my two small dwarf Alberta Spruce trees. I can't understand WHY he has to throw the snow over into my yard?? WHY can't he blow the snow down his driveway and into his backyard??
He aims the snowblower toward my home and blows the snow into my yard, onto my freshly shoveled front stairs, and my freshly shoveled front sidewalk, where if someone were to fall down in front of my home, I would be sued because of HIS SNOW!!!
Last year he was blowing the snow over into my yard, and a rock from his driveway shot out from his snowblower and hit the side of my house!! Now, I have TRIED to be NICE and have talked to him about this. In the summer, he complained to me that the branches on my pine tree and my flowering pear tree were growing toward his driveway, and that he didn't want them to scratch his mini-van and pickup truck. So I decided to be nice and I trimmed the branches growing toward his driveway nice and short so that they were out of his way and there were no more problems.
So the other day when we got 4 inches of snow, he was out there bright and early blowing the snow into my yard. So I went out there and NICELY asked him WHY he has to blow the snow into my yard and against my house, and he said "because he wants to clear his driveway, and doesn't want to walk in the snow". So then I told him that I don't want him to blow the snow into my yard and against my house because last year a rock came flying out from his snowblower and hit the side of my house, and I don't want to get any broken windows or holes in my new vinyl siding. So then he said "its only snow, it'll melt, what are you gonna do about it?" So instead of losing my temper and doing something that I would regret, I walked away.
So, it was okay when he complained about my trees branches, I was the nice person and trimmed them right up for him, but when I aksed him to NOT throw snow into my yard, he was a total JERK about it.
So does anyone know if there are any laws what-so-ever about snowblowing snow into someone elses yard??
Thanks for reading all this and listening to me vent out my frustration, and for any info. you might be able to give me.
P.S. Alot of you are probably thinking why I don't just put up a fence. I already got a few estimates LAST SPRING and because the property line is long on the sides of our homes it will be $1700 dollars to install a 6 foot wooden stockade fence right down the property line and unfortunately I don't have an extra $1700 for a fence right now, but when I do get it, you can bet there will be one going up. But for now, WHAT can I do??