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Question DetailsAsked on 6/12/2017

why neighbours mailbos on my wall?

we have 4 houses in one block, (2 at the front and 2 at the back). one of the front one is mine . i put a mini flower plants.And put concrete blocks around it (so no one step on the plants), post box is above this mini section for all neighbours. one of them send me an email that she keep falling and asking me if i remove it. I love my liitle plant section and i do not wish to remove. And it is my front yard. I dont kno what to say,

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If this is like a condo group or such, the mailbox location would have been established when it was built and you would have no real recourse about it being on your property - especially since it presuably was there when you moved in.

If each property is individually owned, then at some time in the past presumably the USPS asked the previous owner if they could put the gang box (which it sounds like) in the right-of-way in front of your house - generally that is not done with a legal easement, they just plop it in - so if you really object to it you might petition them to relocate it but don't count on that being easy or fast if it happens at all.

Assuming the mailbox is legally where it is, most likely in a street/sidewalk right-of-way easement, you cannot block access to it - there are detailed installation standards at the USPS website, but certainly if someone has to step on the blocks or lean over them to get their mail they should be removed, and are posing a liability for you too if someone trips - especially since you have been put on notice about it. I would think the blocks (and flowers) should not protrude in front of the mounting post for the box, or there about.

My recommendation - to avoid neighbor spat and the declared hazard causing a potential injury liability, remove the blocks or at least move them back out of tripping hazard location, maybe moving the flowers too if they will get trampled as a result - or maybe get a small bag of brightly colored red bark to delineate the flowers without causing a tripping hazard.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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