Post # 1
This is half vent half curiosity about how others would feel.
– My nextdoor neighbor (apartment, I know him quite well) dumped a mattress, boxspring, bedframe, and tires in our communal garbage area. The landlord reached out to all the building tenants the next day saying that if it’s not removed immedietly he’ll pay to have it removed and bill the tenants.
– The next day neighbor hauls trash over to a building that’s under renovation (vacant) across the street and dumps it on their property. He then contacts the city and tell them that there is trash on the street and that they should come and clean it up.
– In response, the city calls the owner of the building across the street and tell them to haul off their trash.
– The building owner was pissed because the trash didn’t come from him or his tenants (since the building is empty). He moves it all and puts it on the sidewalk. (I know all of this because he got in a loud fight with a different neighbor about it which I over heard.)
– The crap has been sitting on the sidewalk for a month now and a few things have been added to the pile. I can see it prominently from my apartment and it’s blocking a whole section of sidewalk and alittle bit of street parking.
What do you think is the best way to respond to this situation?
Post # 2
cbgg : Yea since people not at fault will get billed you should tell the landlord. Or if there’s a way to do it confidentially thats best. Your neighbor sounds awful. Ugh. I voted tell the landlord but if telling the city means confidentiality I’d do that. You never know how “off” people can get.
Post # 3
I was in roughly the same situation as you: The building next to mine will leave their trash bins out for days at a time! I happen to park near the bins (not a choice) and if it was windy they would blow over and hit my car. I was not able to reach out to the landlord as I do not know who owns the building so I called the town. They no longer leave their bins out.
In your situation it is not your job to tell them to clean their mess, most likely depending on your neigbors they will just tell you to F off. Call the town or tell their landlord also if you can get pictures that will help!
Once My messy neigbors left a full shopping cart full of trash in their yard for a week, once they cleaned it out they threw it in my yard so I had to call the store to get it. Best to not mess with messy people.
Post # 4
I would absolutely tell the city and hope the person got fined. That kind of behavior makes me really mad.
Post # 5
We had a neighbor once that must have been cleaning out the house because they had a mountain of broken furniture, random wood, broken toys, etc. rotting and getting moldy in their front yard for months. I eventually reported them to the city and it was removed within a couple days, though I’m not sure who paid for it.
I’d probably go with reporting it to the town and possibly letting your landlord know who it was so that you all don’t get billed if you can do so without the neighbor finding out it was you.
Post # 6
I would call the city and the landlord. If you have a camera phone take a video of the dumping and forward it to the right people.
Post # 7
cbgg : This is just me but honestly who cares. Its not really effecting you or anyone (its not on your space, theres no threat of you having to pay for it anymore) except the space its taking up. Eventually the city will have to do something about it but I just wouldnt do anything.
Post # 8
cbgg : i would do several things. 1) contact your landlord to tell him what you know. 2) contact the other landlord to tell him what you know. 3) contast the city to tell them what you know.
Post # 9
Write out the details as you wrote them here, but with names, and anonymously mail the letter to your landlord?
Both your neighbor and the guy across the street are in the wrong technically (I empathize with the guy across the street but there is no way the city will be like “oh you put this trash in a pile on the sidewalk because it’s not yours? No problem”) so I think your landlord is the most likely person to actually get this mess taken care of. Let him deal with the city and fining your neighbor etc..
Post # 10
I would try to record him doing it and definitely report him. HE should be paying for the costs, not having the landlord/city/other tenants pay for it.
Post # 11
You know what I really wish had happened? I wish that our landlord had just actually had the stuff hauled and billed the tenants, and then I would have happily let him know that apt #3 would be happy to pay the bill on everyone’s behalf. And then I would have hoped that the landlord evicted #3 because he’s a moron.
What I have actually done in real life is contact my neighbor directly and ask him to clean it up. As you would imagine, he told me to fuck off. I knew this would happen, but I just felt it would be passive agressive to not talk to him directly since we know each other well. But anyway, it didn’t get results. I’ve always maintained a good relationship with him even though I think his a moron, but this will probably not end well.
People like this just burn my butter. You know what is the MOST frustrating? It was a PERFECTLY FUNCTIONAL BED! If he had simply posted on craigslist that he had a free mattress, boxspring, and bedframe he would have had someone come to his place and pick it up same day. I have done this myself, it litterally couldn’t be easier. Instead, he hacked the box spring into 2 pieces and then put the thing outside in the rain. So now it really is trash. So wasteful and disrespectful to those around him.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t bother with it.
LOL, life is really too short to worry about some dude sticking furniture on the otherside of the street.
Post # 13
cbgg : this is my biggest peeve.
I’ve had this happen to me twice. Once was a property of ours that was in between leases. It cost me $150 to hire a skip and once was at our old house.
We have verge collection once a year where we live. The council picks up your large rubbish items like broken furniture etc. They have restrictions on stuff you can dump. Glass is a no no. Our neighbors put a sliding glass door against a tree on the verge that borders his and our house. (Its technically on our land). My husband told them they needed to remove it but they didn’t. In the mean time the council came by picked up everything bar that glass sliding door and left a note in our postbox telling us to remove it or get a fine. We lived in a shit area and the local gang of kids decided in the few hours that all this happened to smash the glass. It basically smashed into a million pieces into our lawn making it near impossible to eliminate it.
We complained to council showed CCTV footage of the neighbour putting it there and he got a huge fine as well as being imposed with the bill to clean up the mess. Our neighbor also had to incur the cost of getting new grass laid because of all the broken glass. I’d make it known if I were you. I have little tolerance for people who expect others to pick up the tab for their rubbish. They are a#$holes!!
Post # 14
The reason why people say don’t bother confronting a messy neighbor is because if they are the type of people/person who does not give two sh*ts about dumping their garbage anywhere then they’re definitely less likely to actually do anything about it just because you said something to them. (most common reaction is they will tell you to F* off and fight you even more that it’s not their responsibility)
You need to tell your landlord who it is before everyone gets a bill for it. Because by that point, a lot more people will get involved (once everyone gets the bill) and in the clamor and chaos, pointing fingers at your neighbor who actually did it won’t get you anywhere. If anything, you might look like a troublemaker to everyone because most people will think “Hey if you knew from the beginning who the culprit was, why the hell didn’t you say something from the start?! NOW you want to point fingers at someone after we’ve all gotten the bill?”
Post # 15
I’m making 2 assumptions here: the city has a garbage service of some sort (not the type where each perosn has to take their trash to the dump directly) AND there’s a bulk trash day soonish (spring). If that’s the case, just wait.
If neither assumption is correct, I’d tell the landlord so he can bill the correct person.