Post # 1
I’m friendly with my neighbors and I’d like to keep it that way. I’d also like to stop seeing their nasty couch they dragged out to the backyard (because they didn’t want it anymore) last fall. They said they’d get rid of it right away and haven’t. Now they crack jokes about being “those” neighbors. Um, ain’t no joke. You ARE “those” neighbors! So I was wondering which would be best.
It IS against city code that they have this couch there.
Thanks for any help you can give.
Post # 2
RedHeadKel: How many neighbors know about the couch? I might put in an anonymous call to the city about it.
Post # 3
Same as PP. What does it take to get rid of it? In my city you could just put a couch to the curb and they will take it away. Depending on how friendly you really are with them I might offer to help them dispose of it. But really if it’s against a city code the anonymous call could be perfect.
Post # 4
Do you have a vehicle that woujld be able to fit the couch? I would just be a bit more direct, tell them I was making a trip to the dump and offer to take it for them.
Post # 5
KitSnicket: There are 4 houses that would know about it, but we are definitely the most “affected” by it. modernboho: Yeah, I thought about a call to the City as well. If I do that I couldn’t put the obvious trellis up, though. Haha!
I WISH our town had that haul your junk away day. Other towns I’ve lived in have. And this isn’t the kind of thing anyone would want if you put it by the curb. There’s nothing I can do to offer in that THEY own a pick up truck and it costs money to take it to the dump. That’s why they haven’t and that irritates me because of course on FB I see them posting about eating out and stuff. Grrrr. Yeah, might have to call the City.
Post # 6
RedHeadKel: Just call the city and have them approach the neighbors.
Post # 7
julies1949: Ha! I posted when you did I guess. THEY have a truck and so far don’t want to spend the money to take it to the dump. I don’t want to pay for it myself.
Post # 8
RedHeadKel: Call the city. Mice and rats can build their home in it. Plus fleas and other bugs could get in and infest your yard.
Post # 9
Or you guys could have a bonfire.
Post # 10
Tell them you saw neighborhood dogs peeing on it and they need to get rid of it ASAP because it’s a biohazard? Offer to help put it on their truck?
Post # 11
RedHeadKel: Truthfully, neither of the options you presented will do anything about the problem itself….the couch has to go. Call your trash company to see if they do special pickups for large items. In my area, you can call for large-item pick up once (maybe twice?) per year and pay an extra $10 on that month’s bill…
I’m not saying you should be responsible for paying to remove your neighbor’s trash, but it seems to me that this would still be cheaper than putting up trellis or planting decorative grass. That said I could be way off…is it really THAT expensive to drop it off a the landfill?
Post # 12
ali0118: Yup, we definitely thought about the mice thing!! They’re very sweet people, but so so SO naive when it comes to house & yard things.
ohnatto: Bwahaha! I just might’ve done that if it wasn’t so close to OUR house!
Jijitattoo: Ya think if I offer to help them put it in their truck, they’d catch on that I want them to get rid of it? Haha! Maaaan, the things you wish you could say.
amanda.417: It’s weird, but everyone in my town has different trash companies. If I find out how much it is, how do I tactfully tell them, “Hey, I called your trash company and they’ll take it for X amount?” So so frustrating. And no, it’s like $60 to take it to the dump. She’s spent that on flowers for her yard already this year.
The City might be the way to go…
Post # 13
RedHeadKel: I’d report it to the city.
I had a neighbor recently who had piled a bunch of debris on their lawn and left it there for weeks, just getting rained on and growing mold. We have an online code enforcement tip line where I reported it. Someone contacted me the next day and the debris was removed within a few days.
Post # 14
Go talk to them. Tell them you think you saw a racoon or something trying to make a nest in it and you’re worried critters are going to set up housekeeping. This way, you’re not calling them out. You’re calling out the (imaginary) racoon.
If that doesn’t get their attention, call the city.
Post # 15
ohnatto: That was my first thought too. I graduated from WVU, and the city council there just banned upholstered outdoor furniture because it’s a tradition to burn couches in the street after major football and basketball wins. lol