I have a dispute with my neighbor in Florida.
His mailboxes for a four-plex are placed on a double post situated on
the propery line. The vertical space between the two posts is exactly
on the line. Two boxes hang over both properties on a horizontal
When I asked him to move the mailboxes so that none would hang over my
property his response was; "I checked with the County and your
property is set back from the road and since this is County property,
I can place my mailboxes there".
Logic tells me that his mail boxes should not be allowed to hang over
the line defining my property. After all, If he had 30 rental units,
could he hang 15 boxes over my property just because the post was on
You will need to find out your local laws. I know there are many
places where mailboxes must be placed on only one side of the street
(for the convenience of the mail delivery.) An easement is another
story. My neighbor had his drain cleanout pipe in my front yard! I
dug around it, cut it off, recapped it, and buried it. Too bad if he
has a clog!
On 5 Nov 2004 19:10:22 -0800, email@example.com (Stu) wrote:
My mail box (and that of my next door neighbor) are across the street
along with the neighbor on that side of the street (3 in a row). Because
mail is only delivered on that side of the street. The boxes were there
when I moved into the house.
We do not have curbs and sidewalks yet (even though my home built in 1910
is in the city), but the mail boxes are on the public right of way.
If he is right, and the county owns that strip which is on the street side
of the property setback, you should appeal the issue with the county, if the
owner is unwilling to move it. The county, however, could probably care
less, and has bigger problems to deal with. In any case, it doesn't seem
that we are talking a big inconvenience (two boxes on your side) for you.
Where I live, the Post Office, not the county, decides where to cluster
boxes for the neighborhood, and some of my neighbors have 5 or 6 boxes in
front of their single family homes, but no one is getting spaced out about
He is probably correct. In my case, there is a four foot section of my yard
that actually belongs to the town. I paved the driveway across it, maintain
the grass and I put my mailbox by the street, but I do NOT own the land.
The survey stakes show where my land ends. This is very common in most
every area. Towns keep an easement for future road expansion, sidewalks,
A new house was built across the street and the owner put his mailbox right
next to mine. I have no say in it as it is not my land and the post office
told him what side of the street the box must be on.
If you take matters into your own hands and remove them, you are possibly
asking for a lot of legal problems.
My son is an attorney who lives in the house. We do things 'by the
An aside: I placed flood lights to illuminate the 'alley' way between
the two houses in order to allow guests to walk to the guest house at
My neighbor "took it into his own hands" and spray painted black on
the bulbs. There is more to the story than just a few mail boxes
overhanging the property line.
The space between houses is only about 14 feet. In fact, the reason
he didn't place the mail boxes in fron of his property is that they
would have made parkng a little more difficult for his tennants. The
prestent mail box location makes our egress a little more difficult.
I'm in Florida,
If the mailboxes are on your easement - you're responsible for their upkeep
and are required to make sure they are constructed in a manner that is
conducive to the surrounding neighborhood ambience.
Malicious trespass , destruction of property by painting your bulbs
black, and you posted here!!! Well give me a beer , im a pro, Ha Ha
Your son is an atty. Maybe your son the atty is on top of this, you
are not. Or call a good lawyer
It is not the same all over so you need to check your local laws.
It is very common that a strip of land along roads are either owned by
the local government or has easement rights. In either case the mail boxes
may be legal where they are.
In any case, unless you like making trouble and having neighbors hate
you, you would be better off backing down and apologizing.
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