Am I allowed to service my part of a 5 foot tall concrete retaining wall that lies directly on the edge of my lot line between my neighbors
grassy lot . My neighbor told me that she does not allow me on her property . she told me not to bother her about walking along her property to service my wall. I need to wash it , paint it, place a plastic vapor barrier down on the grass within 3 feet of my wall to keep the runoff water from entering my wall footing foundation that is causing water erosion beneath my footing that weakens the soil causing it to settle little by little each rainy summer season ...we get nearly 36 inch'sof torrential rain in broodsville fl area in a 3-4 month summer period. I am a landscape drainage
consultant and mitigator for commercial propertys of all types....50 yrs exp from teenage yrs working in the business.
We live in a home owners association
1800 retirement community and I feel I have a right to landscape this problem the correct way since my neighbors have nothing growing but old weedy grass against my wall with no flowers or bush's , just 4 sprinkler heads that partially spray against my wall and need adjusted to spray their lawn . I call this project a landscape retrofit.
The president of HOA
told me that other issues like mine were solved by having an attorney send them a letter, since the neighbor told you not to hassle her with retaining wall issues and not to be a nuisance
to her cause it makes her and her husband upset and they get sick over it.
Actually they came over on my property intoxicated yelling at me 3 times the last year and a half...I gave them a quick small drawing as to how I want to install a vapor barrier along the 80 foot length x 3 feet wide along the wall on their side to solve the water penetration problem and it would keep it dry and solve the problem of water erosion along my wall.
They told me they want to sell me the 3 feet for 20,000 dollars . I told them I don't want to own their property and I just do not want their water runoff penetrating my footing and causing a soft bottom. I will pay for the materials and labor to do it, just give me the ok to service correctly solve the problem...She is a snowbird resident retired school teacher and her husband is retired machinist from ohio down her during the winter spring season and they say it doesn't rain here that much during the summer.
I have been living in fl since 1970 and worked here as a landscape masonry lic contractor
and general contractor solving residential hurricane drainage problems and commercial landscapes for large communities and this is how we get to the root of the problem from a prevention maintenance
They moved in about a year before we moved here in 2013 of October. The lady that lived here was very old and bound for the nursying home when we bought her property.
My neighbors said that my sellor was not complaining about the wall starting to tilt a little towards them. and she was of sound mind they told me...Quite the contrary , she was being taken advantage of last few years as I was told by her son from Chicago due to her memory loss progressing and kindness nature in beleiving solicitors demands...
My neighbors said they had nice conversations with my sellor and not once did she complain about the wall...
For sake of Brevity . How can I get them to allow me to service my wall to cure the problem by installing a plastic vapor barrier with white landscape drainage rocks to match what they have in their front yard island rock flower plant garden. Allow me to walk my wall with material and labor to service it.
The county engineer said he had no problem with what I suggested . I need no permit to do a plastic sheeted rock garden against my wall on their property...just work it out with them to allow you to walk along their to do it.
If I don't do this my wall will continue to move and lean more each rainy summer season until it present a safety hazard of collapsing eventually at some future date, from neglecting to service it with a proper solution.....HOA president agrees with me that I should be able to service it . but my neighor says they are being hassled about it to me.
Please advise me ,