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Landlord/Tenant question

There is rental property next door to us. Our driveways are next to each other, with our chain link fence between them. Before Christmas, they had a sewer back-up, and their clean-out is next to the driveway. The plumber cleaned out the sewer, which was full of toilet paper and tampons, because of a city tree and the roots, which were blocking the disposal of those items.

The pile of toilet paper and tampons is still sitting there. Some of it dried up and blew through the fence into our yard. We've asked the tenants to clean it up, but they told us it's the landlord's responsibility and they've contacted him many times about it.

If I report this to the city, who will get the fine if it's not cleaned up? The tenant or the landlord? It will obviously cause tension between us and the tenants, and I don't want that, but it needs to be cleaned up. It's disgusting. Who is actually responsible? Thank you

created by MsUnderstood on Mar 14, 2017 at 12:31:48 pm     Comments: 11

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I'm actually not sure whose responsibility it would be, but either way, it's for them to work out among themselves. Christmas was way too long ago for there to be any excuse that it hasn't been cleaned up by now. I'd say make the call and let the tenant and landlord sort out who should handle it.

posted by Johio83 on Mar 14, 2017 at 12:54:42 pm     #  

Most nuisance/abatement/zoning/trash issues are going to come back on the property owner, as the responsible party.

However, anybody with a good grandma would have been to embarrassed to leave it out there, whether they were "responsible" or not. In the old days, people chased their own tampons before they blew all the way down to the church.
I'd probably not be too worried about my relationship with that kind of renter.

posted by justread on Mar 14, 2017 at 01:01:27 pm     #   5 people liked this

"In the old days, people chased their own tampons before they blew all the way down to the church. "

Now that's funny - I don't care who you are.

Thanks for the chuckle justread - I needed that today.

posted by Foodie on Mar 14, 2017 at 02:28:08 pm     #   3 people liked this

:)

posted by justread on Mar 14, 2017 at 02:39:39 pm     #  

Thanks for the information, common sense and chuckle :)

posted by MsUnderstood on Mar 14, 2017 at 04:52:36 pm     #  

There is rental property next door to us.

Say no more.

Complain to the city (in writing), and be sure to CC PH2 and your elected tree weasel, as well as the putty heads at large. They all need to know about this.

JustRead nailed it. I would not be concerned about my relationship with these tenant neighbors. With any luck at all, they'll get fined along with the property owner.

posted by madjack on Mar 14, 2017 at 04:59:35 pm     #  

Thanks, madjack, I will type the letter this evening. If this were my sewer back-up, I'd be horrified that my (and my teenage daughter's) tampons and toilet paper were blowing everywhere, no matter who's responsibility it is to clean it up and do it myself. But I'm a good neighbor.

posted by MsUnderstood on Mar 14, 2017 at 06:42:55 pm     #  

justread posted at 01:01:27 PM on Mar 14, 2017:

Most nuisance/abatement/zoning/trash issues are going to come back on the property owner, as the responsible party.

However, anybody with a good grandma would have been to embarrassed to leave it out there, whether they were "responsible" or not. In the old days, people chased their own tampons before they blew all the way down to the church.
I'd probably not be too worried about my relationship with that kind of renter.

When I read that I spit my coffee out, LOL

posted by reggie on Mar 15, 2017 at 06:34:44 am     #   1 person liked this

justread posted at 01:01:27 PM on Mar 14, 2017:

Most nuisance/abatement/zoning/trash issues are going to come back on the property owner, as the responsible party.

However, anybody with a good grandma would have been to embarrassed to leave it out there, whether they were "responsible" or not. In the old days, people chased their own tampons before they blew all the way down to the church.
I'd probably not be too worried about my relationship with that kind of renter.

Good renters also wouldn't flush tampons. Just sayin.

That's a big septic & sewer system no-no.

posted by mom2 on Mar 15, 2017 at 07:58:26 am     #   3 people liked this

Preaching my Gospel, sister.

posted by justread on Mar 15, 2017 at 09:32:28 am     #  

Everyone in our neighborhood knows not to flush tampons except for these renters. We have 100+year-old Silver maples planted directly above our sewers.

But that's another story. I've been filing complaints about that tree between our driveways that's caused so much trouble, without success. All I get from the city is, "But it's healthy!" I won't be healthy if it falls on our house when I'm home. It's so big that it broke up our driveway and it's growing on our property by about 3'.

Thanks again.

posted by MsUnderstood on Mar 15, 2017 at 05:30:29 pm     #