Tuesday, June 17, 2008

City Complaint

The house next door to me was recently in foreclosure. It was subsequently auctioned off for approximately $50,000 less than market value. Part of the auction terms were that the new owner needed to be able to close within 30 days. That was almost two months ago. Why is this an issue, you ask? Well, no one mows the lawn when no one (appears to) owns it.

Let me put this into perspective for you. I don’t want my throngs of readers to think that I am a crotchety old neighbor. I started mowing in mid March. The house next door to me has not been mowed this summer. That is right, not at ALL this summer. So, the lawn is about as long as it can get. Don’t get me wrong, I like the prairie landscape as much as the next guy – but not right next door to me. So, what is a crotchety next door neighbor to do? Call the city and complain!

So, I called the city to complain on Friday, only to find out that someone had beat me to it and that if the lawn wasn’t mowed within a few days the city would mow it and charge the homeowner. This is both good and bad I think. It is good because the lawn will now be mowed but it is bad because it will look like a hay field when they get done. Gosh, if I knew that it was going to be THIS long before it was going to get mowed I just would have mowed it myself. It isn’t that big of a deal and I don’t mind doing it. My house value is going down enough without a crappy house right next door!