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Old 05-21-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I moved here about 3 months ago into a quiet, modest neighborhood. my goal was to find a neat little home in a good area and live a little simpler. I love my house and neighbor hood EXCEPT for one. Directly across the street from me is "Sanford and Son". When I first got here, there was a little bit of stuff in the driveway ( riding mower, some power tools) but within 3 months, has turned into a junkyard. He totaled his truck and now keeps it under a tarp, hauled home his "project" truck and it now sits there in pieces. Along with them are the mower ( still, has never moved) and a couple of ATVs. All this in a 2 car driveway. I called code enforcement and they told me " that as long as the vehicles have current plates on them, that he is not in violation" . So now, after investing a bunch in my neat little home, I have to look out at a junk yard.
I have lived in several citys across the US and really haven't been up against this before. I realize that he was here before me, but the junk wasn't. As it gets worse and there is really nothing the county can do about it, I guess I'll have to punt and find another place, but his really will effect my resale.
What would you do?
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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And there you have the downside of not living in a deed restricted neighborhood.

Have you tried politely asking your neighbor to clean it up a little?

If that doesn't work you could always erect a ten foot privacy fence or quick growing hedges.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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I'd also try talking to the neighbor but if he knows he's within his rights I guess there is nothing much you can do except go rip off the "current tags" ..................
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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Deed restricted or not there may be legal means (takes time) to getting it taken care of. There are County offices that you & other concerned neighbors could start calling. GOOD LUCK !
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines..
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I have learned quickly that deed restrictions are a must! We didn't have them up north, but We see why they are needed here...
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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I'm a big fan of deed restricted developments. They can be a little over the top, but I'd rather have that then seeing someone's underwear line drying in the back yard.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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I'm a big fan of deed restricted developments. They can be a little over the top, but I'd rather have that then seeing someone's underwear line drying in the back yard.
Back yard? He would hang or pile them up out front at the rate he is going.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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There are older sub-divisions and areas with no deed restrictions where people still maintain a sense of pride about their and their neighbors property to maintain its value and appearance. But there's always that one person with the 'you can't tell me what to do with my property' attitude. They are never going to move, so don't care how it looks. And they don't care what you think about the appearance of their property.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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We had a similar issue in our non-deed restricted neighborhood. Politely talk to the neighbor first. And ask your neighbors to talk to them as well. Then it won't look like you are the only one complaining. If they are not willing to clean up a little, ask if there is something you can do to help. If they still won't budge, then look into what the county regulations are for reporting code violations. See if there is anything on the list that is a code violation, then report it and have other neighbors report it. The more complaints they get, they will eventually send someone out to take a look at it.

If they have no code violations, then you are stuck looking at junk. Our neighbor got a dumpster brought in, removed stuff and also put up a white PVC fence so we couldn't see what he didn't take away. Two of our neigbhors complained weekly until something was done. I am not sure where you live or what county you are in. But you never know what neighbors might do or who might move in. You have basically no control over that. Another thing is, do the neighbors own the home or are they renters? If they are renters then you can call the landlord.

Good luck with your situation. It is not easy to remedy.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Codes vary somewhat from county to county, the city of Sarasota has tighter property standards than Sarasota county.

If you are located within Sarasota county, there are specific rules about junk and debris in yards. County code also states that vehicles must not only have current tags, they must be operable OR be stored in an enclosed building.

You can find the entire list of Sarasota county property standards at:
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