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Does a neighbors unkept lawn and trash really bring down their neighbors property value?

We have a neighbor who has the grass cut once a year and they don't clean up the grass clippings which blow onto our driveway which we clean up b/c they never do. Their clippings turn brown and look horrible.

The same neighbor tends to leave their trash and recycle cans in plan view from the street with trash often overflowing and on the ground. The trash blows all over the place, especially onto our lawn. There is always fast food trash in their driveway. 

The kids are often running around outside half dressed and running into the street. Not safe!

How does this and other things effect the neighbors

 

 
  • Question refers to 34 Caryll St, Boston, MA 02126
  • January 02 2010
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@gehrmann0:  If your neighbor's yard is an eye sore, and you've burned good will by insulting his collection of stuff (so sorry you did that),  then you will need to work with your HOA and code enforcement.  You did the right thing going to him first, and that was a very sensitive conversation.   Didn't work and he cursed you...   Yes, property condition does affect the value of your home.    Has it not bothered you before, or are you only just realizing how negative it is for selling?

  • June 07
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Our problem is ... we have property that we have for sale. We had told HOA about our next door neighbor, he had 2 or 3 cars that looked like he was fixing. Today a couple went with us to see our property. Soon as they saw the mess, they said sorry but no we can't buy this property. Its on a cul-de-sac and he has trash on the street. From lawn chairs to office chairs and much more. Plus I swear a very old rusted car that don't run plus a truck with no hood, more trucks and vans, non working. Really it looks like a junk yard. I ask him if he was running a junk yard and he cursed and told me that this was his property and to get out. He cursed at me. What do I do, I will never ever get to sell my property.
 
  • June 07
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This absolutely affects your property values. If you live in a HOA, start complaining there. If that does not work or the problem poses a health hazard then you should call the city or county you live in and they will come investigate and issue fines and/or make them come to a court hearing. I also just find it rude but realize people that live this way is not in a good place in life. Sometimes, people need a hand up and some friendly offer to help take care of the problem. We all make a difference by the little gestures in life!
  • September 08 2010
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Unfortunately, yes it does effect the neighborhood as a whole.  The city may issue the owner a fine if the grass hasn't been cut.  Maybe you could suggest to some of your other neighbors to come together and volunteer to help in some way.  Home buyers want to live in a beautiful living environment.
  • September 08 2010
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Probably not, but city codes in place to police these unsightly neighbors property. In Aurora CO. it is Access Aurora. Grass cannot be longer than 6", or considered a fire hazard. Many HOA's do a fair job taking care of these matters, but have no patients when it comes to no mowing, grass deader than a doornail, and rattletraps not moving longer than a week. Therefore I rarely bother our HOA. Call the City, what our taxes are used for. A car must be moved every 3 days parked on the street or in driveway, even if the boat on wheels has current plates.
  • September 07 2010
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Sorry they are your next door neighbor. Can you write a letter to this neighbor and have several of your neighbors sign it before you send it? Let him know how you feel about the condition of the property and the affect it is having on the neighborhood and how you would all appreciate him taking action to clean it up. Power comes in numbers. Also let him know you will be calling code enforcement and/or local government agencys if he does not make an effort to clean up his property. A little nudge can go a long way!
  • September 07 2010
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A great way to know if this type of thing will affect a home's value is to ask if it would keep you from buying near a home like that?  Almost every buyer would be concerned about problem neighbors and would most likely not even go inside a home after seeing this inconsiderate neighbor.  It will definitely affect home values nearby.  We've got an entertaining educational video on the subject called "Neighborhood vs House" on [link removed by moderator] or at YouTube video Neighborhood vs. House
  • September 07 2010
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I don't know about this directly affecting your value, but it may steer home buyers away from your home.
  • September 07 2010
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I would say it wont, but it might depend onyour neighborhood.  Write them a letter!
  • September 07 2010
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By now the posters kid has probably matriculated to college.
  • September 07 2010
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Not only does it effect the value, it makes it very hard to sell.  Sometimes I suggest to my sellers putting up a fence or some landscaping to block the view. Good luck.
  • September 07 2010
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One factor I have not really seen discussed is whether the purchase would be for an owner occupant, or investor. In a college-type area where there are mostly rentals, I don't see this really having any effect on the value, unless it is extreme and out of control. For owner occupants, it will absolutely effect the value. Nobody wants to live next trash
  • September 07 2010
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about 4 months and the original question will be 10 years old. I hope everything got sorted out by now.
  • September 07 2010
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It definitely affects the appearance and value of the neighborhood.
  • September 05 2010
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Yes it hurts property value.  In some cities, the city government has a department to which you can complain to, and if enough complaints are received, the city would cut the grass and bill the owner.  If the owners do not pay, city would put a lien on that house.
  • September 04 2010
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  • September 04 2010
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Unfortunate, really!
These things do indeed affect the value of your home. I think it would be best to tell prospective buyers about it up front and offer a discount on the asking price. I have been a Buyers Agent for 8 years and I always advise my buyers to visit the property at all times of day and night very discretely and unannounced. I don't tell them to knock on the door but to walk the neighborhood day and night. This will give them a good idea about the irritations of the neighborhood. My buyers may find barking dogs with irresponsible owners who just let them bark all day. They may find the same group of teenagers getting drunk and fighting on the corner right outside the bedroom window!!. I really see these things!
The folks next door will cost you money, no doubt about it.
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  • September 04 2010
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Not an easy situation!!  If the kids are truly in harms way and be neglected, maybe you should consider calling social services or the police.  The safety of the kids is the most important issue.

Secondly, if a house does not fit into the surrounding area due to its lack of maintenance it will most definitely effect value.  It will be a turn off for a good number of buyers.    How do you change that?  Good question.  A frank talk with them will probably just build a barrier between you and your neighbor.
  • May 27 2010
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My suggestion is not to waste your time with the police department, unless there is a crime being committed or an emergency.  Otherwise if you believe these kids are not being properly cared for I suggest you call DSS. The police basically do the same thing they file what is called a 51A. You can do this without giving your name, but seeing that your neighbors have little or no regard for you anyway, giving your name will allow more merit. You may be doing their children a favor. You can call code enforcement to take care of garbage issues. If the outside of their house is a mess, we can both wonder what the inside looks like.

  • May 23 2010
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This is a serious situation which should be addressed immediatley.  Have a discussion with your neighbor expressing your distain for his lack of regard for you and your property.  The negative presentation it represents for the neighborhood.  Yes it will have a negative impact should it continue, regarding the desire of a potential buyer of any abutting/in vicinity For Sale residence.

Additionally this lack of regard for their trash can invite rodants and other animals.  This is a health issue and if not corrected by your neighbor should immediatley be reported to the Health dept.  The Dept. will inspect and alert the owner to any and all MA code of Health Dept violations.


In regard to children running on to the street you may desire to make a call to the police Dept.  suripticiously if you wish alerting them to the danger of the situation.


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  • March 14 2010
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There should be some city ordinance about leaving out trash too long before pickup. Perhaps a call to Inspection Services could help on one of the problems you mentioned.
  • January 04 2010
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Unkept lawns & trash definately are negative factors that tend to decrease neighborhood values. Very few potential Buyers want to purchase a property knowing the Neighbor(s) do not maintain their property.
Further, realtors are more likely to price home lower for this reason.

  • January 02 2010
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When buyers see all of that, they are very likely to decide to look elsewhere rather than experience such neighbors.  Generally speaking, that means the house stays on the market and the seller begins reducing the price in an effort to find a price that makes the neighbors worth risking.

Can you put up a fence or install a hedge between the houses?
  • January 02 2010
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It could make the neighborhood less appealing to potential buyers.
  • January 02 2010
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