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Old 10-15-2015, 02:35 PM   #1
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Dealing with difficult neighbors

I have stored my 19' Escape at my property since the end of July, 2015. It is at the very back of the property line on a large lot, at least 100ft back from the street. It is barely noticeable or bothersome to most people. However...

A week ago, my neighbor wrote a very condescending email asking me to move the RV. I simply didn't respond, because it wouldn't have been a nice email. Today, she wrote another rude email threatening to report me to code compliance. The City of Austin requires a wood or masonry fence to conceal an RV from street view.

It is hard for me to empathize with this person, who also repeatedly complains about noisy leaf-blowers, car doors slamming to loudly, long grass, and other trivialities. She once asked me to move my truck because the sun was reflecting off it in a way that bothered her. In my neighborhood there is no HOA. There are Airstreams and motorhomes all over Austin parked in driveways and even on streets, but yet she has a problem with my RV that is not much bigger than some trucks in these parts!

I am writing this thread to hopefully gain some perspective and advice. Has anyone been through this before? Although my neighbor's over-reaction is irksome, I am a reasonable person. At this point, I am looking to store it at my brother's property in Pflugerville or building a small fence around it.
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:46 PM   #2
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There is no making these type of people happy, no matter what you do.

I would check with the bylaw folks to find out for sure what you need to do. This way you know for sure what your rights are, and your neighbour would not have a leg to stand on. Your scenario definitely wouldn't be a problem here.

I am lucky to park in my front drive without my neighbours complaining, as I rightfully can't have it there for more than 3 days (I think). The neighbour problem I have, is that he is a hoarder, at least as bad as any of those you see on the TV hoarding shows.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:08 PM   #3
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Daubsy,


As Jim Bennett indicates, you need to confirm precisely what the law requires of you. If, in fact, the only applicable requirement is that "The City of Austin requires a wood or masonry fence to conceal an RV from street view," then build such a fence and be done with it. Your neighbor will have no further recourse -- even if your RV remains visible to her.
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Better yet, build a wood fence with a plastic window insert for them to see your pretty new trailer.....
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Daubsy,


As Jim Bennett indicates, you need to confirm precisely what the law requires of you. If, in fact, the only applicable requirement is that "The City of Austin requires a wood or masonry fence to conceal an RV from street view," then build such a fence and be done with it. Your neighbor will have no further recourse -- even if your RV remains visible to her.
Hi: Daubsy... I would certainly comply with the fence issue. Rent a motorized post hole digger for the weekend to install the posts and a construction flood lamp to work by. A security dusk/dawn flood lamp installed on top of the fence would also be advisable. Two can play games too!!! Alf
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As Jim Bennett indicates, you need to confirm precisely what the law requires of you. If, in fact, the only applicable requirement is that "The City of Austin requires a wood or masonry fence to conceal an RV from street view," then build such a fence and be done with it. Your neighbor will have no further recourse -- even if your RV remains visible to her.
I just got off the phone with code compliance and they sent me a link to the section of code addressing vehicle storage. Section 25-2-893 (B) (7):

"Up to two vehicles that are either antique or recreational vehicles may be stored on the premises, if the storage area is not a health hazard and is either in an enclosed building or screened from public view with a solid wood or masonry fence at least six feet high."

Those are the only requirements. I think I will just find a used fence panel on Craigslist and paint the American flag on it.
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This is old, and may, or may not, be true. Nonetheless it is a funny discourse between neighbours. WARNING: Some foul language is used.

This guy’s neighbor bought a new floodlight. What happened next is absolutely hilarious.
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I'd advise to just comply with your local bylaw but don't be 'cute' and do anything to draw attention to the fence. Escalating someone with the behaviour you describe can make things worse very easily. (that being said, my first thought was to paint the fence some terrible colour).
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Hi: Daubsy... Paint the American flag on it and "Hi light" it too!!! Alf
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I just got off the phone with code compliance and they sent me a link to the section of code addressing vehicle storage. Section 25-2-893 (B) (7):

"Up to two vehicles that are either antique or recreational vehicles may be stored on the premises, if the storage area is not a health hazard and is either in an enclosed building or screened from public view with a solid wood or masonry fence at least six feet high."

Those are the only requirements. I think I will just find a used fence panel on Craigslist and paint the American flag on it.
Now you know for certain, that is great. With tongue in cheek, I suggest you paint a hand with the finger pointing to the neighbour on the fence, with a tag line saying "I'm Next To Stupid".
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