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I need to know what other people think to see if I'm being a jerk neighbor or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
A brief summary of the situation: New neighbors moved into the house across the street from me in October and were doing renovations. A lot of stuff was hauled out into the yard (carpet, pieces of wood, several large appliances) and then left there for well over a month after they moved in. I used the online form to contact bylaw and within two weeks things were cleaned up. Yay!<br><br>
Now they've put another appliance out on the lawn and it's been sitting there since just after Christmas. When I look out my living room window this is what I see. It's bugging me.<br><br>
Our neighborhood isn't hugely fancy, but we're kind of on the cusp of run-down and one block over a lot of the houses are not kept up and have all sorts of crap lying around in the yards. I really would like it if our street didn't go downhill like that.<br><br>
So...do I keep being the picky neighbor and e-mail bylaw again or do I just lay off and assume that they'll move the washing machine out of their yard at some point?<br><br>
(Oh, and another point in case it makes a difference is that they have a fenced back yard. This stuff could be stored out of sight if it's an issue hauling it out. It doesn't have to be out on the front lawn.)
 

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I'd try to be a good neighbor by knocking on their door and asking them if they need help finding a truck to borrow to haul this away.
 

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Well, in my book calling the city ALWAYS = jerk neighbour. The only exception would be if the neighbour was doing something that seriously impacted you personally, like parking in front of your garage every day.<br><br>
I just think it's bad karma. If your neighbour wants his yard to look like crap, that's his problem.<br><br>
At one time, years ago, a friend parked her school bus on the street near our house for a few weeks. Neighbours called parking enforcement and she got a ticket for an oversize vehicle. Now, in almost exactly the same location there has been an RV parked for about a year. It's about the same size as the bus was. I know that I *could* call and get them in trouble, and part of me wants to do it for revenge... but I won't. Do unto others and all that.
 

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I would call. If they are notified again by Bylaws maybe they will get the picture and stop leaving junk and garbage on the lawn. if the problem continues it will just detract from the property values of all of the houses on the block.
 

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I would absolutely call. I had neighbors who didn't want to fix their roof and hooked a huge blue tarp over it for months and months. Finally I gave up being patient and called. As it turned out the house had to be CONDEMNED because it was so unsafe it was about to fall down. That would have done wonders for my property value(I was in the middle of selling the house). The city helped them secure low interest financing to fix and stay in the house.
 

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I would have sent the email after one week of looking at their trash. Do it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Would it kill you to talk to them?</div>
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Not as far as I'm aware.<br><br>
I don't feel comfortable approaching them directly because I don't want to be singled out as the mean person across the street when I know for a fact that it's been annoying at least two other neighbors.
 

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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span>I'd do it (call Bylaw, I mean)</span></span></span>
 

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I would definitely call! When choosing a place to live, I usually consider what I will be looking at from my potential home, trash isn't something I would want to see. If they are too skanky to at least put their trash in the back yard then they might need a reminder from the city.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just think it's bad karma. If your neighbour wants his yard to look like crap, that's his problem.</div>
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The thing is though, that it affects more than just that family. My front window looks directly out at their yard so it's an eyesore for me.<br><br>
It's also that whole "broken window syndrome". Our street is kept up fairly well and I'd like for it to stay that way. We have worked our butts off to buy this home and I take a lot of pride in keeping out yard tidy.
 
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