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My neighbor is growing his hedge about 20 feet tall
My neighbor is growing his hedge about 20 feet tall for the stated purpose of blocking my view of Puget Sound. I purchased my home with the understanding that it had a view of the sound. The neighbor is pursuing this course of action because of a feud that he had with the previous owner.I have contacted the City of Edmonds office is charge of such things and they told me that it was their policy not to become involved in neighbor-to-neighbor disputes of this type.I contacted a local attorney who told me to use my negotiation skills and charm to change the neighbor's position -- the battle was not worth what it would cost me to pursue it.Nearly everyone suggests I gentle trim the hedges myself and see what happens.One has told me that there was a similar case in Washington State where the hedge-trimmer won.The neighbor by the way has told me that I have no legal right to a view and he has a right to grow bushes.Should you help me find the case which might override my neighbor's opinion?
Our subdivision, with flag lots, has protective covenants
Hello,Our subdivision, with flag lots, has protective covenants on our deeds preventing sheds from being erected. These covenants are not uncommon in our area. Our home is built on a rear flag lot and our neighbor, who was aware of the restrictions, had a shed delivered to their property near our entry driveway -which runs about 700' feet down the side of their property. All of our neighbors sit on 3-4 acres of property We tried to speak to this neighbor about it and they became hostile and hired an attorney who informed us we were needed to deal with him directly from now on. We were then put into a position to hire an attorney, and not wishing to rack up legal bills 'negotiating' with our neighbors, we enforced the deed covenant requiring they remove the shed, which they did. We really hated to be so harsh, but our attorney told us that if we allowed the shed to stay, we would have implied consent and future sheds could be built in our neighbor's back yards (our front yard) and it would be nearly impossible to contest these additional sheds. They then erected six panels of a 6' high spite fence at the rear corner of their yard (our front yard). This fence serves no purpose to them and is clearly intended to harass us.We only own 7.5' feet of land on each side of our paved driveway, so landscaping in front of the fence for screening is challenging and we would then risk shrubs/trees encroaching on their property.My questions:1. Is there a spite fence law in the state of Pennsylvania and if so, what is the criteria?I understand in some states, if the fence is erected with malice with the intent to annoy, has no useful purpose to the owner, and is depriving the neighbor of enjoyment of our property, the fence can be required to be removed.2. Is there a stature of limitations for filing a complaint against them?3. If we plant shrubs to screen, and they encroach onto their property, whose responsibility is it to maintain them to our property line. We don't want the aggravation of a lawsuit.Thank you in advance for your advice.
I share a drainage and utility easement with a neighbor, and
I share a drainage and utility easement with a neighbor, and she has put a fence down the center of the easement denying me full access. Can I be denied total a full access to the easement between our properties? The easement is at the eand of our use and common driveway.
My next door neighbor has been harrassing us since last November.
My next door neighbor has been harrassing us since last November. It started when we requested that he not leave his dog out before 9 am because I am a shift worker and it barks and wakes me up. When we were on vacation, he came in to our yard and chopped up part of our fence. I have no problem with where the property line is and him wanting to relocate his fence, but shouldn't we have been forewarned and given the opportunity to take care of our fence first? The prior owner had given us permission to come up to the fence with our fence to keep our dogs safe. We have him telling people that we lied about the property line when it was the prior owners fence on his property not ours. I just want the harrassment to stop. It cost us 400.00 to repair the fence. The guy is also mad because we want to keep a drainage system in place that our house is connected to. He even put a hole in his fence that my dogs could go through into his yard out of anger over this system. My husband is a 100% disabled combat veteran and this is creating a very stress environment for us.
There is a 0.5 acre piece of property that is adjacent to mine
There is a 0.5 acre piece of property that is adjacent to mine that I share in common with 3 other neighbors. I have a quite title judgment from 1975 that states that I own the property in common with the 3 neighbors, and that no party shall interfere with the rights or use of any other part in whom ownership is vested. Recently, one of the neighbors (who inherited one of the original 4 quite title judgment parties properties) had a surveyor include the common area in his name solely, and he installed a fence preventing myself and any of the other two neighbors from using the common area. I've tried talking to this neighbor and he referred me to his lawyer. What do I need to do to enforce the quite title judgment and have the neighbor remove the fence which is preventing the use of the common area? I also have a survey, a title, and a deed that says that it's common area included with my property.
my neighbor has a retaining wall that is 8 feet tall, (6 ft
my neighbor has a retaining wall that is 8 feet tall, (6 ft of which is retaining. They recently discovered that they own 3 feet on the other side of the wall that is adjacent to my property for roughly 30 feet. They are mad at us because we asked that a pine tree that they thought was on their property, actually wasn't and the true owners have taken it down. So now they have planted 9 cypress trees on their 3x30 feet land. These trees when mature will be in excess of 50 ft tall and merge together to totally obstruct our view of the ocean. If there is already a retaining wall that is 8 feet tall - how tall can the wall of trees be? Is this a spite fence? what is our best course of action?
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I own a home in a mobile home park. I own home and lease property.
I own a home in a mobile home park. I own home and lease property. The park removed the house next door and replaced with one much larger - taller and longer. I have been here 12+ years. This new home has been placed so far foward on the property it totally blocks my front side window so I have to turn on my lights at 3:00 in the afternoon. Also instead of planting it in the midpoint of the lot it is so close to the property line and so tall I have to lie down on the floor to look up and see any sky. I also have some claustrophobic issued and if I leave my window blind down every time I look out the side window the big white wall virtually smacks me in the face and my stomach turns. The other home has some windows and doors along the side facing me except up front and those give a dimension so when looking at the house even though it is close I do not get the stomach turning reaction. Do I have any recourse with the MH park owner?
Now the city has decided that the School can build what everView more real estate law questions
Now the city has decided that the School can build what ever they want because it is 5 ft from the property line. There is not purpose for this fence, there is no wind crossing this area as itis between a huge mansion and the school. The 7ft no longer applies. Does this make it a spite fence?