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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2017

Do you have any recourse if my neighbor blows all debri from in front of his curb across the street in front of my

Curb it's leaves, rough sand, twigs and sticks

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If it gets into your yard - yes, that is trespassing - and realizing it will probably start a feud unless you talk to him nicely as a neighbor about it first when you next see him doing it (to give him the opportunity to change his ways), you probably have to video him doing it for the police to see as evidence.

Expect them to warn him first time - then maybe ticket on repeat offenses - or you might have to prefer trespassing or negligent dumping or similar type of charge against him for them to do anything about it, so consider in advance just how far you are willing to go with this against him - and whether he is the sort who might retaliate with vandalizing your car or driving/spinning wheels on your lawn in the middle of the night or such - such situations can get nasty with some of the wackos and drug/alcohol driven nuts out there.

If debris is only ending up on the street, not on your yard as such, depends on how the street is owned - whether owned by the city or an easement. Also, if getting on sidewalk, depends on who is responsible for keeping that clean (usually the homeowners but not always).

If an easement, the above may still apply even if staying in the street at your curb. Either way on the ownership, blowing one's yard debris into the street, or moving street debris around the street from one's curb to elsewhere on the street, is a zoning or right-of-way violation (in at least most areas) - and can be ticketed by the appropriate jurisdiction in your area - zoning enforcement in a few areas, special street/highway enforcement officers in some, right of way enforcement in probably most, police in a few. Call your local streets department (or county or state highway department if it is one of them) and ask who handles enforcement issues for your street. Again, you would need a series of photos or video of him doing it - clearly showing (with dated photos/video) debris being moved from his yard/sidewalk across the street to your curb for them to be able to do anything about it because highly unlikelyk they wouldshow up in time to catch him at it even if this does occur during their working hours - unless you gather some witnesses who will vouch for it.

Bear in mind this could end up a real Hatfield and McCoy's situation, because a person who is thoughtless enough of his neighbors or so self-centered that he would even do that in the first place is likely to take any objection personally. Plus unless you know him fairly well, you probably have no idea of how stable a pearson he is or if he goes on drug or alcohol binges - so getting into this sort of neighbor spat can be potentially more dangerous than it is worth, for a fairly minor thing like this.

Bear in mind, with current status of laws and regulations, for this sort of thing it is probably not possible to report it anonymously and have the enforcement agency take any action - so assume he will be able to find out who reported him.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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