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Neighbor's eyesore property rights

April 05, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One neighbor's work of art is another's trash pile. 

After a disagreement over the use of a private driveway escalated between two neighboring North Carolina families, one neighbor built a fence between them made of 200 used tires from a local landfill. 

The neighbor who built it calls it a "work of art". The other neighbor calls it a "solid waste spiteful pile of trash, hazardous to the environment and an eyesore to look at."  

Descriptive. 

But if it isn't over the property line, what can you do about a neighbor's eyesore that may affect your property value?

Well, the first thing to do is talk to your neighbor, and perhaps offer to help mow an overgrown lawn or other cleanup, and if that's not feasible, there are some townships or counties that have cleanup assistance for the elderly or veterans who are just overwhelmed. 

In the tire case - and maybe yours - the time for talking or helping is over. You can check your township rules for property maintenance standards and file a complaint, and maybe put in your own fence (not of tires) to block the view from your window.