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The Home Ownership Thread

Gibonius

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Likewise! Enjoy fixing it up the way you like it. All part of the journey.
How big is your property? You've got a lot of nice areas.


I've got 1/3 acre and I'll finally have gotten it mostly under control after five years. Still a few neglected areas, but coming around. This year was a real boon, spending all my time outside gave me a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do.
 

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CA/SF homeowners: Our neighbor's shitty pine trees deposit a never ending supply of needles into our back yard. I don't really have any recourse, do I?
 

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CA/SF homeowners: Our neighbor's shitty pine trees deposit a never ending supply of needles into our back yard. I don't really have any recourse, do I?

I retained Barri a while ago to fuck with our HOA. It was totally worth it. She’s a mensch and will likely answer simple questions for free.
 

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Santa Cruz has a heritage tree thing. I tried for years to remove a huge Monterey pine that clogged gutters, cracked sidewalks , undermined my foundation ,dropped sap and endless piles of needles. I had to wait for the city arborist to retire to get rid of that damn thing,
 

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We gotta lotta trees in Marin.

I talked to the former chair of the HOA board (in the course of our own hassle with them) and she said the most intractable disputes were those about views/trees. They have open enforcement actions going back two decades or more. God help you if you cut a neighbor's tree -- the courts will enforce full value of a similarly mature replacement, which can be hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the species.
 

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What's likely to make this fruitless is that the house is a rental. We like our neighbor of 13 years, but her landlords are cocks. Their niece used to live there with her husband and child when we moved in, but they wanted to jack up her rent. House has been paid off for years (they inherited it), and they are just greedy.

They have put nothing into the property in the 16 years that we've been here. Our common fence—which I assumed they built since the show side faced their yard, and they later confirmed—was built on our side of the property line and was attached to our deck. It was so rotted that it started falling down a few years ago. My wife tried to work with them to put up a new fence, but they didn't want to pay. We tore down our deck as part of our remodel, and the fence went with it. I'll get around to replacing it someday...

If I push too hard, they will find some way to make this our neighbor's problem.
 

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Also, how fucking ridiculous/hilarious is it that someone can have a tree law specialty?
The Reddit legal advice sub has a huge boner for tree law questions. It's always fun. Big money sometimes, apparently.
 

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The usual rule is that you can cut anything that's on or overhanging your property.
 

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