Discussion in 'Community Board' started by goofinoff, Dec 3, 2012.
Wow! Glad I don't live near you.
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Yes I would. I was in the other "camp".
We build a house but were working abroad and just had no view on the building. When it was finished we had never seen the mess the contractor left behind.
Our neighbors called that the place was a mess and we thank them.
After that we got a gardener and he still comes every weekend for ten years now. He cleans op everthing and in the winter he takes care of the snow on the curb.
It's really simple... if you don't want to take care of a lawn, get an apartment/condo/townhome. If you "need" a yard, take care of it.
OTOH, if you want to live like trash, move someplace without neighbors who will have to endure it and the drain it has on their property values.
Well, I live in rural county and it has ordinance concerning grass length and yard debris. Most of the ordinance only apply if you live with in the township limits or residential zones. The county will gladly contract out to take care of the issue and tack the bill onto the property taxes.
The ordnance are because of very real public health reasons. Around us, long grass is the perfect breading ground for chiggers and ticks. If you don't know what a chigger is, they are bugs the bite and leave a feeding tube in your skin that will make you ich like crazy for about 2 weeks. I have had them and it sucks.
The yard debris, especially food (pumpkin), attracts small animals that deer ticks live/feed on. Deer ticks are one of the main carriers of lymes disease, my brother got it when he was 6 years old and has had knee problems ever since.
When people here say mind your own business. It is your business because of the stuff does not stay on their side of the fence.
It's really pretty simple. If you need to control how your neighbors deal with yardwork, you should move somewhere with a control-freak HOA.
I might ask the owner (not the renter) about having a service come in to spruce things up once spring comes along, if you can get in touch with her.
The only time I might really think about asking would be if I were trying to sell my house next door. I think the state of the neighboring lawn would make selling my house harder.
Yeah, how dare you take care of your family and do your homework! Don't you know your priority should be making sure your lawn meets your neighbors perfect standards? Sheesh.
Sometimes, people do still amaze me.
Our city receives over 80,000 bylaw complaints each year for a population of a little over a million. So I'm not the only one who takes pride in their community. As one poster said, if you can't mow your grass, then buy a condo. I totally agree with this. If you want to own/rent a house, then you should take on the responsibility of looking after the house, inside and out. I for one would not live in a city that does not offer bylaw protection to go after all the lazy homeowners that can't do the bare minimum to keep their properties esthetically appealing.
It's like those people who simply MUST have a dog, and then basically tie it to a tree and leave it alone 24 hours a day. Why did you bother? Is it some kind of torture/neglect fantasy you get off on?
There's a fine line between "taking pride in community" and "being a busybody".
Personally, I don't think the city should be taking care of this kind of stuff. If you want that kind of control, move to an HOA neighborhood.
All this over a couple of rotted pumpkins.
HOA's don't necessarily help. I live in a neighborhood with an HOA and there's always a couple houses that don't take care of their property. I know people have complained in the past to the HOA, but there's not much they can do to the homeowners in reality.
Watch out or the OP will come back and tell us about the 12 abandoned cars and 10 used toilets in the yard that she forgot to mention in the first post.
I'm not a busy body, but if my neighbors have weeds that are 3 ft tall and causing issues in my yard, then I will say something. If a neighbor has garbage and junk in their yard, that I can see, then I'll report them. I do give them time to clean it up. I'll wait a few months before I report them. With all of this being said, I would say the majority of our neighbors care about their houses and yard.
I'm glad our city has bylaws for this and I do think it is the responsibility of the city to ensure all the communities in the city limits abide by the same set of rules.
I'd love to see the response here if the neighbor had life-sized statuary of a couple (or more...) having sex. I'm sure there'd be a hoopla and public outcry.
That's how distracting and ugly an unkempt, trashy property is to me.
I must have no imagination because I could never look at rotting pumpkins and envision the Kama Sutra.
Nope.....just the rotten pumpkins!
I could have written this post but didn't. We have the worst neighbors. Going out my front door makes my skin crawl and also makes my blood boil. They have lived next to us for a year and their yard makes it look like i'm living next to sanford and son. They have wood pallets piled 5 feet high on the property line , old cars and trucks lawn equipment and everything else under the moon. I haven't said anything but i sure want to i just complain alot to my husband. We and all our other neighbors keep a spotless yard so i don't know why they can't put some effort into keeping up apperances. They sure have enough time to party so they should have time to clean heir yard up.
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