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Old 04-17-2012, 11:30 AM
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Default Help : Neighbor will not clean up thier property : What can I do ?

My Neighbor will not keep their lawn or house in order. Their lawn is not kept up and their appears to be black mold forming on the outside of the house.

They have left the state and the property but they still have many items in the house. They are up to date on their property taxes and their is no kind of lien or foreclosure on the home. The gas in the home has been turned off in the home but I am not sure about the electricity because the electric company will not tell me if the electricity is on or off.

I am in Arizona and the property owner has ran off to California.

Is there anything I can do to make them clean up the property ?
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:39 AM
Location: Simmering in DFW
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call the city code enforcement office
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Status: "Back on the sunny side of the street!" (set 20 days ago)
Location: Richardson, TX
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Originally Posted by Squirl View Post
call the city code enforcement office
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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The "black mold" outside probably is just dirt, and either way it won't migrate across the yard and attack you. Relax.

The only thing that is any of your business is the lawn. Call your local code enforcement.


You could be a nice neighbor and mow their lawn while you're mowing your own.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:18 PM
Location: Connecticut
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Honestly - if it really bothers you - mow the lawn! I did this for a few months when the woman across from us passed and her lazy relatives started to let the house go to sh**. If you are worried about your neighborhood and how it looks, take some action and don't rely on others to do it for you.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:23 PM
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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Do you live in an HOA? Call the Property Manager. Go to a board meeting. Get pictures. then mow the lawn.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:28 PM
Location: Barrington
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Most municipalities will not take action on private property for aesthetic reasons.

Some HOAs have rules about exterior appearance and some do not.

By " left the state" do you mean they permanently abandoned the property or are they on vacation?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:39 PM
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Take photos, write a letter to codes with copy to the health dept, include pics. You have safety/rodent/mold, etc issues here. it's one thing to help out a neighbor who is ill/old/dead but another thing when property is abandoned or inhabited by inconsiderate slobs.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:54 PM
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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Mold in AZ? I'm in agreement with those that suggest mowing their lawn.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:40 PM
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If you are within city limits, call the codes department or maybe the city clerk depending on the size of the city. If you are outside the city limits, you'll need to call the county office and explain your problem and some counties may have a code in force but others may not when it relates to the yard. Is this like out in boonies where everyone has maybe an area like in the southern part of AZ or more metro, more north part of state?
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