I'll preface this by saying that I know foo's not the place to come for legal advice, but I'm not sure we're to that point yet.
We bought our house back in Sept. 2002. At the time we bought, the house next door was also for sale. It sold a few months later. The man who bought it seemed to be a good neighbor, and we worked to keep the house and yard tidy. Back in the early summer of 2005, he decides to have a new asphalt driveway put in and expanded so he can park a small RV by his house. Neither of us had a property survey, so we did some rough measurements and he had the driveway done. I believe he and his contractor made a good faith effort to stay to his side of the line, but more recently I think that part of it may have crossed over by as much as a foot. When the lots are the size of ours, a foot's kind of a big deal.
He sold the house to some friends just over a year ago. They're maybe in their 60s. The man's retired and the woman works p/t as a secretary. Not long after they moved in, someone dumped a pregnant stray cat out in the neighborhood and she had her kittens. One got road-killed, and the other two now live with us outdoors. They've been neutered and vaccinated. Also, another cat that had been hit by a car found his way to our place. We patched him up and had him neutered and vaccinated as well. I know we've had the two siblings microchipped. They live outside cause we already have six indoor cats, and some days that seems like about five too many lol. We just don't have room for anyone else inside.
The couple seemed nice enough at first even though the woman's voice could be kind of annoying lol. One thing that really irritated me was that we got home one Sunday afternoon and they were having a drain line cut into their driveway to keep rainwater from running in and flooding their garage. Not a problem, except that they ran the drainpipe underground and across our line. They said it wouldn't be any big deal, but I don't like that kind of thing. I get the feeling that if we had not arrived home when we did, we wouldn't be the wiser about the drain. I have a property survey now and a surveyor friend is supposed to come out and help me find the markers soon. It was very tempting to dig the pipe up and plug it with concrete when they were out of town, but I'm trying not to lower myself to their level.
The part that worries me the most is about the cats. They're more or less grown and they like to wander around some. There's nothing separating most of our property so they sometimes go over there. Well, the woman complains about it and says they use her landscaping as a litterbox. We did some research and found that used coffee grounds are supposed to be an effective repellant. We shared this, and she initially acted very happy to hear it as they fix coffee every morning and have plenty of grounds. But she soon changed her tune and acted like it was an imposition that she would have to take preventative measures when it was our animals causing the problem. I don't know what to say to that. If I see anything like that happening, I'll go over and shoo the cat back into our yard. But the most worrisome thing is that I think I saw what looked like a newly built rabbit or small animal hutch in their backyard. I can't help but wonder if I'm about to be setup in some way.
That may sound paranoid, but it seems that around here, the worse thing tends to happen. The cats are chipped, so if they got picked up, the shelter's supposed to call us, at least in theory, cause they have a chip scanner and scan all animals that they pick up. About the only thing where we could be remiss is that the animals aren't registered with the city, but the punishment for that is all but non-existent (small per-animal fine) as long as their shots are current. The city is very lax on enforcement. The people at the shelter are supposed to be compassionate types who do the best with what they have. But there's enough backwardness in this town that it's easy to expect the worst.
I've had cats all my life, and most of the ones growing up spent far more time outside than in, and none of the neighbors acted like this. It's nutty. I want to tell her that we're too far away from the putt-a-par place for this to be an upscale golf course community and we've already got a long-time queen of the neighborhood. But I'm really starting to worry about this and am not sure what to do.