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As title indicates. Am I the only one who is annoyed by a neighbor who is trying to do a good deed after my repeated requests to stop trespassing and/or do anything on my property.

Yesterday, I had him cited for trespassing :0).

You know what they say: No good deed goes unpunished.

This is the messages to those who are trying to be extra neighborly and do things on someone’s property without permission.

STOP IT!!!!!

(No Cutting grass or clearing brush, and so on. ) yes I know it does not look pretty to you.

Stay off my yard please. !!!!

Discuss —— :0)
 

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As title indicates. Am I the only one who is annoyed by a neighbor who is trying to do a good deed after my repeated requests to stop trespassing and/or do anything on my property.

Yesterday, I had him cited for trespassing :0).

You know what they say: No good deed goes unpunished.

This is the messages to those who are trying to be extra neighborly and do things on someone’s property without permission.

STOP IT!!!!!

(No Cutting grass or clearing brush, and so on. ) yes I know it does not look pretty to you.

Stay off my yard please. !!!!

Discuss —— :0)
I could probably use him if he likes to mow and clear brush. Did he charge much?
 

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Hmmmm. This is kinda timely. I just had a neighbor who moved out and closed on his home yesterday. The grass needs to be cut. I was going to cut the lawn for the new neighbors as I'm sure they'll be concentrating on moving themselves in this weekend. They'll be moving into a home that needs the grass cut.

Now you have me thinking I really shouldn't.....


What has our world come to?
 

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Hmmmm. This is kinda timely. I just had a neighbor who moved out and closed on his home yesterday. The grass needs to be cut. I was going to cut the lawn for the new neighbors as I'm sure they'll be concentrating on moving themselves in this weekend. They'll be moving into a home that needs the grass cut.

Now you have me thinking I really shouldn't.....


What has our world come to?
When our next door neighbor moved it was probably 6-months until the property sold and someone else moved in. It was about 1/2 acre of somewhat flat land so I just went ahead and mowed it whenever needed without giving it much thought. It only took 15-20 mins. Not only did it look better for prospective buyers but it eliminated tall grass and weeds next to my yard which helped eliminate any critters setting up shop.

I continued to cut the grass for the new neighbors for about 3-4 months until they got settled and got their own lawn mower.

Quite frankly, unless your neighbor is damaging your lawn in someway or his mowing is somehow adversely impacting something else you are doing I say why kick a gift horse in the face? I mean... gas is up to $3.00 per gallon around here so the less you have to mow the better.
 

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Not sure but it may cost you if he breaks his neck on your property and you will be responsible for his med bills. :0)
That’s what insurance is for:laugh:
 

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Interesting topic as I'm having issues with my long time "nice" neighbor turned "annoying" (but that's another story). Is you neighbor encroaching by only a couple of feet into your property, i.e. mowing just over the property line, or is he actually way into your property doing something?

If he's way onto your property, I figured a polite "please don't" would be sufficient ... or does he think the location of the property line is different than where you think it is?

Sometimes it's not easy dealing with neighbors.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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Hmmmm. This is kinda timely. I just had a neighbor who moved out and closed on his home yesterday. The grass needs to be cut. I was going to cut the lawn for the new neighbors as I'm sure they'll be concentrating on moving themselves in this weekend. They'll be moving into a home that needs the grass cut.

Now you have me thinking I really shouldn't.....


What has our world come to?
I would do it...
I don’t worry too much about situations like the OP has...or any other situation come to think of it:laugh:
I guess you could say that I like living in my “fool’s paradise “—until I get bit.
 

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I would do it...
I don’t worry too much about situations like the OP has...or any other situation come to think of it:laugh:
I guess you could say that I like living in my “fool’s paradise “—until I get bit.
I'm just trying to be neighborly and welcome the new folks in. If they ask me not to, I'd understand and it'd be ok. :good2:
 

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Well obviously you and your neighbor have had many rounds of problems if you had them cited... In your particular case follow the old addage "good fences make good neighbors" put up a fence and then you won't have to deal/see them and vice versa. For most circumstances a simple neighborly discussion of intent and appropriate activity should take care of any problems.
 

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I'm just trying to be neighborly and welcome the new folks in. If they ask me not to, I'd understand and it'd be ok. :good2:
Nothing wrong with doing that at all IMO :good2: are good deeds becoming a thing of the past :dunno: I do our seasonal neighbors yard, she insists on paying (not much) but I'd do either way as for many of the reasons jgayman listed. Besides that, it's a much easier living environment when we get along with our neighbors rather than having them cited for trespassing.
 

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Besides that, it's a much easier living environment when we get along with our neighbors rather than having them cited for trespassing.
Agreed. :good2: But I also respect the wishes of my neighbors when it comes to their property. It's not my business to make it my own on how, when, where, or if something is done to include mowing any grass. I completely understand the OP's stance and wishes for his neighbor to NOT mow his grass, even a little bit.

I don't know if I'd go as far as charging him with trespass, but I'm not there and I don't know all of the details of the situation the OP is in.

Being a good neighbor must include respecting your neighbors. It's all about the golden rule IMHO.
 

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Hmmmm. This is kinda timely. I just had a neighbor who moved out and closed on his home yesterday. The grass needs to be cut. I was going to cut the lawn for the new neighbors as I'm sure they'll be concentrating on moving themselves in this weekend. They'll be moving into a home that needs the grass cut.

Now you have me thinking I really shouldn't.....


What has our world come to?
Hi dieselshadow. The point that I am trying to make/convey is. If the owner says do it, Then it’s ok. Otherwise, don’t. Don’t do it without permission please.
Thank you for your thoughts though.
 

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Hi dieselshadow. The point that I am trying to make/convey is. If the owner says do it, Then it’s ok. Otherwise, don’t. Don’t do it without permission please.
Thank you for your thoughts though.
That's kinda the point for me though. If I have to ask them, they'd feel awkward and perhaps even the need to try and compensate me for it. I don't want to do that. I'd rather just help them out. But like I said in my first post in this thread, I totally get your point of view and understand it. In my opinion, it's probably the best way to be nowadays as well. Like you said, no good deed goes unpunished. :unknown:
 

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I sold a property that I own on three sides of. I told the new owners, I do not know exactly where lines are when they asked. If you have to know, for a fence, etc. get a survey.

I told them when I brush hog two of the three sides (third is wooded) I am only guessing where the line is. I may mow less than I own, or I may mow a little of yours. Do not consider it the line.

I also told them I do not care if they mow more than they own, BUT I still OWN it. I do not want them to claim "adverse possession" years from now.
 

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For most circumstances a simple neighborly discussion of intent and appropriate activity should take care of any problems.
That has been done on so many levels.

Have you guys ever heard of people claiming the property that they have been taking care of and since there was no registered complaints from the owner the judge awarded the property to them. Also, as I indicated before. If he injures himself working on your property and there is no registered complaints from you asking him not to trespass, you will be responsible.

I think it’s common curtesy to after the help and if the guy say no thank you, you need to stay off his land. ( regardless of how it looks).
 

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I'm just trying to be neighborly and welcome the new folks in. If they ask me not to, I'd understand and it'd be ok. :good2:
I did the same thing a while ago. My neighbor, rather abruptly, stopped in and asked if I could take care of snowblowing his property because he took a new position in Florida. He was leaving immediately. At the time he was planning to come back to Maine, but after a few months decided to sell. I wished he had talked to me, because he let the place go for a song and a dance and left behind a lot of stuff including a fairly new JD GT. Anyway, the day of the closing we had a nasty storm go through and it blew down 2-3 trees on the property, one of which hit the rear deck. The PO was in Florida and couldn't come up, so I told him as long as the new owner was fine with it, I'd help clean things up. I hauled brush for him and helped him cut up the wood for firewood. I continued snowblowing until he got situated and bought a new tractor himself. The PO kept sending me $100 checks, which I collected and gave back to him.

The new neighbors are young and very nice. They've brought us home-made bread, beer, etc and he has offered to use his tractor in my yard helping spread the fill. So it's been a success to welcome them.

My other new neighbors, (another very young couple) are a different story. I've tried to be neighborly, but we've had to put up with a lot of nonsense from them.
 

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Having recently created a thread about my neighbor bringing people over, and having to deal with this sort of thing at work all the time, Ill say this.

Generally, when it comes to having to have a trespass warning issued, its WAY past a person not being asked. Generally neither side is surprised by this, and thats telling.
As said, good fences make good neighbors.

There was recently another thread about someone who didnt keep up their property and another person had to look at it, and wanted to do something about it. They had offered to clean up or help clean up several times and had been turned down.
Whats a person to do in that situation?
Is the other person not able to do the work or just doesnt want to?
These things affect property value, and the enjoyment of ones own property. Neighbors, generally good neighbors, understand this. I have a good neighbor now, but have had awful ones in the past. I had one that complained about my property, though it was one of the nicest looking ones on the block, because they didnt want to look at the wood pile by the garage.
Moved it. They complained about other things.
Survey paid for, and fence put up. Problem solved.

My current neighbor and I do quite a lot to help one another out. Sometimes he gets a bit overzealous. While we were on vacation, he was collecting our mail. Id asked him to do that before we left. He asked if I wanted him to mow the grass too, and I told him not to mow the yard and Id get it when I got back.
He mowed.
Did I throw a fit? No, though he did kill some new grass Id planted, he was doing something he thought would help and meant no ill will.
I did mention it to him, about the mowing, not the dead grass, and I doubt it will happen again, but if it should, I wont throw a fit.
Im somewhat of a yard nazi too, because I dont have weeds, and he does. When he mows, he picks up all that under his deck, then comes and mows here and I have a ton of weeds. Not something I want to deal with, but again, he doesnt know better, and its not worth trying to explain, so I just say please dont mow while Im gone now.
 

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I did the same thing a while ago. My neighbor, rather abruptly, stopped in and asked if I could take care of snowblowing his property because he took a new position in Florida. He was leaving immediately. At the time he was planning to come back to Maine, but after a few months decided to sell. I wished he had talked to me, because he let the place go for a song and a dance and left behind a lot of stuff including a fairly new JD GT. Anyway, the day of the closing we had a nasty storm go through and it blew down 2-3 trees on the property, one of which hit the rear deck. The PO was in Florida and couldn't come up, so I told him as long as the new owner was fine with it, I'd help clean things up. I hauled brush for him and helped him cut up the wood for firewood. I continued snowblowing until he got situated and bought a new tractor himself. The PO kept sending me $100 checks, which I collected and gave back to him.

The new neighbors are young and very nice. They've brought us home-made bread, beer, etc and he has offered to use his tractor in my yard helping spread the fill. So it's been a success to welcome them.

My other new neighbors, (another very young couple) are a different story. I've tried to be neighborly, but we've had to put up with a lot of nonsense from them.
The most important thing here is. You had the permission. That is all we can ask. I am sure if they said no, you would not do it.
 

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Well, I guess I am not bothered by my neighbor cutting my grass. We have an agreement. He cuts the grass in the ditch in front of my property as I do not feel safe in my tractor with the much higher center of gravity and I cut the front 4-5 acres of his place periodically. Another neighbor has been sometimes behind on his mowing, especially till he built his new house there, so I helped out, but only when he is behind. I do not mow there otherwise. I cut a swath twice as wide as he does, so it does not take me long.

There can be a problem of someone cutting the grass too short as some people cut there grass so short it is almost scalping it. I cut mine at 4 inches. My neighbor that cuts the grass in the front ditch does mow it shorter than I do, but not enough to be a problem to discuss. I do remember a neighbor that I had when I lived in the city that cut his grass considerably shorter than I did. When he would make his turn, it was on my property, nearly scalping it, so we had to have that little discussion.

Now I do have a problem when my neighbors kid and his friend decided to camp out overnite in the back of their property, but in order to get there, the kid would drive on my property to the back of my property and then cross back over onto their property. So I am seeing headlights going back and forth after 10PM and I do not know who they are. So I load up my shotgun and fire up the tractor with all the lights on and make a trip to the back of the property so see what is going on. Needless to say, he got a lesson that you just cannot drive around on other peoples property, especially at night. I made a point of showing him that I was prepared for anything by showing him my shotgun. I think he got the message. Once I found out who it was, I did tell him I had no problem with what he was doing, but did have a problem with him not getting permission.

I am all about being neighborly, but you have to use common sense. Another neighbor just recently asked me to come down and drill 40 post holes for his new fence. I was glad to help. I got some dirt from him some time ago and reminded him that I will probably need some more of it in the near future, for which he was glad to agree to it. But I would not just drive the tractor down there and start taking out the dirt without notifying him at the time.

Dave
 
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