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Question, what legal recourse do I have? #7271282
05/24/21 10:35 AM
05/24/21 10:35 AM
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Georgia
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Against a neighbor who constantly gets in my business calling the county over grass length and state of my yard?

I make no apologies, I ain't some freak that worries over grass. Also its my yard to do with as I see fit, I paid for it. Now that said, this is getting to be an annual event going into the fourth or fifth year with code enforcement showing up. This time someone is pushing for it to go to court. I know who it is as I've more than once told him to gtfo of my yard.
This guy thinks he holds some sort of special dispensation since his family founded this little map dot shortly after Noah parked the boat. What he fails to understand is that times change and he is the very last of that name in the community.

As usual I'll just shift some stuff around cut the grass and it'll probably all go away. But I got a sneaking suspicion it might not as the code guy who was quite apologetic hinted that they can be asked to observe my property from a neighbor's property.

I'm getting quite sick of this harassment and looking for a means to put an end to it short of an old fashioned barn burning.

I'm almost to the point of an ugly fence contest.

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271285
05/24/21 10:42 AM
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Is there some type of homeowners association or just the county ordinance? Iíve never heard of grass length being a problem in the county.

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271286
05/24/21 10:43 AM
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Round up is cheap. Spray his whole yard around dark thirty. Then start complaining about his mudhole


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271287
05/24/21 10:44 AM
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I vote for a concertina wire fence.


"The voice of reason!"
Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271289
05/24/21 10:45 AM
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Sorry. Thats probably not legal.


I dont know of any legal way to get him to leave you alone.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271294
05/24/21 11:03 AM
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I had the same problem. We have had an influx of Yuppie types that have moved out here from the city. I think some do-gooder walked by with their poodle and did not like what they saw.

For about 4 years I had a hard time maintaining my yard which is very visible on a corner due to hip issues. Got a nastygram from the County. Had to clean up and hide things. He got on my about some trivial things like firewood and "unlicensed" boats. I calmly explained to him that in Wisconsin non-powered boats do not have to be licensed and told him there are NO ordinances regarding firewood.

My advice would be to take a good look at your County zoning ordinances. If you are truly in violation of them there is not much you can do but comply.

Moosetrot

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271297
05/24/21 11:07 AM
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Get a couple of sheep. See how they like that.


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Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271300
05/24/21 11:20 AM
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Have a lawyer send the jerk a cease and dissist letter, that threatens to sue for harrasment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, if he fails to desist.

You may also be able to have a lawyer subpoena the identity of who is making the complaints.

Keith

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271301
05/24/21 11:30 AM
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Know your code and push the limits. Can you keep hogs - fence it out and let them turn it into a mud hole. Can you do prairie renovation? Plant big bluestem and let it get 9' tall........what about a garden? Call it a grass seed garden.......all kinds of way to have fun. For grass seed - you have to let it grow to maturity and head out and dry down - get some grass growing info and let them know you are hand harvesting seed......

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: Moosetrot] #7271307
05/24/21 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Moosetrot
I had the same problem. We have had an influx of Yuppie types that have moved out here from the city. I think some do-gooder walked by with their poodle and did not like what they saw.

For about 4 years I had a hard time maintaining my yard which is very visible on a corner due to hip issues. Got a nastygram from the County. Had to clean up and hide things. He got on my about some trivial things like firewood and "unlicensed" boats. I calmly explained to him that in Wisconsin non-powered boats do not have to be licensed and told him there are NO ordinances regarding firewood.

My advice would be to take a good look at your County zoning ordinances. If you are truly in violation of them there is not much you can do but comply.

Moosetrot


I agree. Take a real close look at zoning, rules. May be a good chance the knob is in violation of one or two of them himself.

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271308
05/24/21 11:40 AM
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I don't know your situation or surroundings so I could argue either side. If no covenants, restrictions, or ordinances that require it be a certain length than you are free to do what you want with it, even if it may devalue yours or the neighbors property.

Or, you could always declare your yard a honeybee restoration project or put it in the pollinator program and then tell them to pound sand.

ol'dad


Started with nothing and still got most of it
Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271314
05/24/21 11:52 AM
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The first problem is you have neighbors the second is they can see your property and stick their nose in your business. If the game of ordnance calling is the only game you can play be the best at it then. Sounds petty but nice will have no impact on those types of folks.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271316
05/24/21 11:57 AM
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I don't hold with the devalue argument as that gets into coercive takings where one or more can take the labor and property of another for their own purposes.

How that was ever allowed to stand on constitutional grounds is beyond me.

Public health and safety I can see as well as very limited and controlled imminent domain. But never to benefit personal private holdings of others.

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271317
05/24/21 12:00 PM
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Ought to be someone in the police department getting (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) with all the false complaints to get them to file criminal charges against the caller.

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271320
05/24/21 12:09 PM
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When someone is complaining about another persons yard not being mowed, maybe they donít have enough grass to mow themselves. You should be a kind neighbor, and spread some 10-10-10 for them, in any pattern that may bring you and other neighbors much joy. Best of luck

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271321
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Originally Posted by warrior
I don't hold with the devalue argument as that gets into coercive takings where one or more can take the labor and property of another for their own purposes.

How that was ever allowed to stand on constitutional grounds is beyond me.


I know you don't wanna hear this but... Like it or not it's going to be hard on your property value (no matter how nice your yard is), if you're living in a area where the others' yards in the area look like crap. It's because people don't want to live near that. We have a neighbor that's got junk all over, he mows but only a wide path around everything. I'm not the type to turn him in for it but I can certainly see why someone would want to.

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271322
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I've never understood how we got to the point that people believe the city has the authority to dictate whether or not your grass is too tall.

I don't really have any legal advice... Best I can offer is to catch him isolated and unawares and beat the whiz out of him. Then make him prove it was you that did it.

Sorry, but I'm a firm believer that if more people were taken to the Gus McRae "School of Bartending" they would be polite and keep to their own business a lot more.

Mike


One man with a gun may control 100 others who have none.

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Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271324
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Tell them you're a transgender
Problem solved

Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: warrior] #7271325
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Sorry Man around here its still if its your property do what you want even if nobody likes it or you Sadly i see that starting to change


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Re: Question, what legal recourse do I have? [Re: Mike in A-town] #7271327
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Originally Posted by Mike in A-town
I've never understood how we got to the point that people believe the city has the authority to dictate whether or not your grass is too tall.

I don't really have any legal advice... Best I can offer is to catch him isolated and unawares and beat the whiz out of him. Then make him prove it was you that did it.

Sorry, but I'm a firm believer that if more people were taken to the Gus McRae "School of Bartending" they would be polite and keep to their own business a lot more.

Mike


Putting the fear of God put into people changes their behaviour, that's for sure.

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