Post # 1
We live in a townhouse that we are purchasing. Our neighbors are as nice as they can be but there are a few issues.
Every weekend, unless it’s raining pretty hard, they build a campfire behind our townhome in the parking lot. They have a metal fire pit they put the wood and fire in. Each townhome has a small patio and sidewalk behind it. They build this fire about 20 feet from our back door. They start their party at about 7:30 on Friday and Saturday night and it goes until about 1am. The music is not too loud but we can hear it downstairs. My major issues with the fire is I have asthma and sinus issues. I always get a headache when they have this fire outside. Also the interior edges of our carpet and walls downstairs is getting black. I try to vacuum this but it won’t come up.
On Sunday, they take their guns back in the woods and go shooting. This doesn’t bother me as much but I think it aggravates me simply because they already party both Friday and Saturday night.
Like I said, they are as friendly as they can be. I wouldn’t want them to think I was complaining on them but it’s getting old every weekend. What to do?
Post # 3
@greenidlady: anyway you can back out of the purchase? I don’t know why you would buy the townhouse with these known issues. I’m sure you could try to talk to them and it might help for a little while, but I imagine this is an issue that won’t go away entirely…
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
If they’re actually damaging your (or soon to be your) property in the form of smoke damage, that’s a pretty legitimate issue to take up with your HOA. Could you try asking nicely if they can move the fire pit somewhere not next to your house? (Assuming there’s a logical place where it could be moved.)
Post # 5
@greenidlady: I’d definitely take it up with the HOA, but I probably wouldn’t purchase the unit. It seems like you have the option to just move away if the problem doesn’t resolve itself, if you buy, you won’t have that option.
Post # 6
@MmeVT: Unfortunately not, Fiance bought and signed the mortgage on this place in 2008. He tried to sell it last year but was unable to do so. Right now, we can’t afford this place and another place, as well. The original HOA went bankrupt. Wells Fargo bought it out. We pay 500 HOA fees per year. They are supposed to mow our lawn but that hasn’t happened since the beginning of November. No one, including Fiance, is able to get a response on them for the lawn issues. I don’t suspect we’ll be able to get a response for this issue either.
@lolot: I think they could move it further down the hill if they wanted to. There is an area back towards the woods for overflow parking. Of course beer wouldn’t be as accessible unless they walked back up or brought a cooler along.
I like it here because most of the time, with the exceptions of the weekend nights and Sunday afternoons, it’s quiet.
Post # 7
Why don’t you discuss this with them instead of complaining? Or have you tried that route already?
Post # 8
Talk to them about it. If nothing changes then I would complain.