This is the response I got this weekend from the brother of the person who owns the house next to mine. The one I share a driveway with. The person who owns the house does not live there but is renting it.
Her brother was replacing the shingles on the garage roof. The garage sit 2 feet on my side of the property line & I own the space between the garages.
Both houses & garages were built between 1936 & 1938. After the garages were built was when it was realized that the garage next to mine encroached onto my side of the property line by 2 feet. Rather then tear it down &/or move it over there was a agreement drawn up that basically says it is ok to leave it like that unless a future owner tears it down. When that happens the garage has to be moved to the west in accordance with current zoning laws.
No big deal right? Well I thought so until this weekend. The guy that did the roofing job decided he had the right, with out informing or asking me first, to place a ladder between the garages to do the roof job. In Sioux City when a home owner is having work done on his or her home they are supposed to inform the neighbor closest to them & ask permission of the work requires encroachment onto the other persons property. Not only is the law but it is also common courtesy. There are a whole list of reasons this needs to be done. However this was not done.
So when I saw what was happening I informed the person doing the work he was supposed to have informed me of his intentions. I was very nice & diplomatic about it, I did not cop a bad attitude toward him or the situation. And the response I got was Yeah, ok whatever. It was said with as a snide remark & with a bad attitude.
So I informed he since he wants to cop an attitude & because the way he responded he is not to encroach onto my property between the garages any longer. If he does I will call the police & have him arrested for tresspassing. I then informed him that I will be taking steps to have the garage torn down as it is on my side & since his sister has owned the house there have been nothing but problems with them blocking the shared driveway, etc. Once the garage is gone there will no longer be a reason for them to even use the driveway, they park on the street after that. Before he could say anything I turned & walked away.
Until I can take the legal steps to have her garage removed I am going to invest about $200.00 into a couple of gates so no one but me or my wife can walk between the garages. Even if anyone else enters into my back yard they will not be able to access the area between the garages.
All I know is that when someone tresspasses onto my propery, especially into my back yard with out my permission I get really pissed off about it. I don't mind someone coming to my front door, eve strangers, that is expected from time to time as it is a more open area, not nearly as private. But the back, no unless I ask a person to I don't want anyone there. I feel as if it is a major violation of privacy & security. & I hate feeling that way.
Ok rant over, I feel better now.