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Old 05-25-2013, 08:59 AM   #31
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i wouldn't do anything until the property is inhabited. then i would build a little fencing = 2 simple posts with a piece of plywood(or whatever you like). then put that right on the property line right in front of that window.
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If their vehicles are properly registered then part of that fee is given back to the localities and is used by the locality for roadway surface issues.
Care to take a wager the vehicles are properly registered and insured?
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:04 AM   #33
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i wouldn't do anything until the property is inhabited. then i would build a little fencing = 2 simple posts with a piece of plywood(or whatever you like). then put that right on the property line right in front of that window.
oh. if you want to really piss em off. put some kind of loud sound making device on the window side of that fence. then, in the middle of the night, at random times, turn it on for a lil while. then when they say something bout it, bring up the car.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:22 AM   #34
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LOL, I'm having to suppress my passive aggressive side.
My first thought were a couple of motion sensing sprinklers made to keep animals away.

I won't though. When we make the final move, I'll either move the storage building or block with a fence.
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Now I remember why I live next to state owned property. The only ones peeping at my house are deer.
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Go up the chain of command with the city/ county- the neighbor will own under that property through adverse possession, it sounds like they may already?

I'd ask some zoning/ building code enforcement folks to come out and verify that the setbacks weren't adhered to and they've built OVER the property line, and force them to take it back to the proper setback.
When you go to sell that house in the future this will come back to haunt you.

If you didn't get a survey done maybe you should. Good luck!
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Wow all this code enforcement and official talk over a window on an addition? seems like time could be used for something more constructive.
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Wow all this code enforcement and official talk over a window on an addition? seems like time could be used for something more constructive.
Wow ... I guess you didn't read all the posts.

'That' window is actually on the OP's property.

There is a pretty good reason inhabited rooms have to be 5 feet from the property line
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It is a big deal, if you read post #4 that wall with the window is 6 inches over the property line.

Find out what your minimum setbacks are and how they are enforced, I'd take it all the way to the top. I'd want it taken down, it was a building mistake that never should have happened and I'm sure it was built without a building permit.

If I looked at your home to buy it and saw a neighbor encroaching well over the setbacks and 6 inches onto your property, I'd be out of there in a heartbeat, I don't want to inherit a problem like that.

Shed/ garage setbacks are typically different than they are for inhabited space.

For example for my lot the inhabited/ residential setbacks are:

Min. front setback (feet): 30
Min. rear setback (feet): 25
Min. interior side setback per side (feet): 15
Min. corner lot side setback (feet): 20
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Are you one of the people that believe you own the street in front of your property and that you have exclusive parking rights there?
Many of those people are correct. In the USA, in many jurisdictions the property line goes to the middle of the street/road. The road and/or sidewalk uses an easement. Being as said jurisdictions use this fact to demand that homeowners keep the sidewalks clear of snow and debris, it's in one's interest to dissuade others from damaging the area.
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Here's an idea. You don't even need a fence. Just get a board the size of that window. Put the board on a pole right outside the window. Their view will be blocked.

Regarding the car in front of your house, I just talked to my city to ask about ROW's. I'm on a large corner and often have people park on my side sidewalk which is a dangerous habit. The city offered to put up a "do not park" sign.

Could you request a "do not park" sign from your city? Or, could you buy and erect a sign yourself. If you can't find one in a hardware store you could order one online.

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If it were me, I would go to my local garden center and just buy a handful of arborvitaes and run it along their house - especially in front of the window.Different types of arborvitaes can grow 2-5 feet in a year (See a giant arborvitae) and can grow thicker than most wooden fences for providing privacy. In addition, it would add some nice green color to a rather plain backyard. (no offense)
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update:
So much for diplomacy I guess. Last weekend I was there working on the place and decided to give building a good neighbor relationship a shot. Went over there several times. They would not even answer the door. (yes they were home).
At the minimum, I just needed him to move the car for a while so I could get my travel trailer out and dump it's tanks. (We're staying weekends in the travel trailer so we can renovate and not live in the middle of a work zone.) In the end, with my wife as a spotter I was able to squeeze the trailer out and back in anyway.

Oh well, at least I gave being the good guy a shot. I tried.
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Well....you tried....

I think it's time for another phone call to the city about that property line. Time to move it up the food chain.
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Oh well, at least I gave being the good guy a shot. I tried.
Sucks...

After reading the thread and realizing just how lousy your situation is, I'm going to 2nd Ddawg's suggestion of going to the town. You already know they won't force the alteration of the structure, so I'd figure out what could be built/installed/planted directly on the lot line, or as close to it as possible, and then do that...

The trouble with any plantings is that they can simply dump something on the soil to kill it.

If you're lucky you can do a fence on the lot line, in which case I'd build it about 18-24" on your side of the line. I think there is usually a process you can go through to ensure that 1-2' on the opposite side does not get grabbed by the neighbor after so many years... around here I believe it involves sending a registered letter every year to the titled owner with a plot plan and a reminder that your fence is set back on your property by x feet.

Also, Ddawg, I read your posts on this and another forum... I love your posts man
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