Is it illegal to for me cut the grass on the street side (outside the boundary fence) of a neighbor?

rgasparotto

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Hi everybody.

Does anyone know if it’s illegal to cut the grass on the street (outside the boundary fence) of a neighbor? I have a neighbor that refuses to cut it and it looks terrible. He has historically shouted at people who have tried to cut the river side area that is also outside his property.

thanks in advance
Robert
 

killerbyte

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Hi everybody.

Does anyone know if it’s illegal to cut the grass on the street (outside the boundary fence) of a neighbor? I have a neighbor that refuses to cut it and it looks terrible. He has historically shouted at people who have tried to cut the river side area that is also outside his property.

thanks in advance
Robert
Go out in the middle of the night and spray it all with weed killer... If he won't cut his grass then nuke it from orbit.
 

rgasparotto

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Thanks all. The only reason I ask is that my neighbor is a crotchety old (possibly psychopathic) lawyer ;)
 

Lupus

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Well the council won't do it, so you or him would need to do it.
 

Geoff.D

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Municipalities are the ones who have the legal obligation to cut grass on pavements. But we all know what that means these days.
Most people try and keep their pavements neat. I would just stick to the pavement in front of your property.
My one neighbour and I have an unwritten informal deal going. If I cut the pavement and his in need of a cut I do it and vice versa. Works great when either of us is away from home.
 

Smokey mcpot

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I have a similar problem and end up cleaning in front of both houses on either side of my place. Luckily my neighbors are more than happy when I have my guys clean up.
 

Kodi

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Hi everybody.

Does anyone know if it’s illegal to cut the grass on the street (outside the boundary fence) of a neighbor? I have a neighbor that refuses to cut it and it looks terrible. He has historically shouted at people who have tried to cut the river side area that is also outside his property.

thanks in advance
Robert
Who is demanding that he must cut it?

Secondly, strictly speaking, you asking if you have the right to perform maintenance on infrastructure that doesn't belong to you. Answer is no.

Be a good neighbour and just learn to live with it. In all probability the neighbour is making a statement to the council out of principle. If you cut that piece of overgrown lawn, then you aiding a lazy/corrupt council who are paid to, and should be, doing that work.

my 2 cents....
 

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Who is demanding that he must cut it?

Secondly, strictly speaking, you asking if you have the right to perform maintenance on infrastructure that doesn't belong to you. Answer is no.

Be a good neighbour and just learn to live with it. In all probability the neighbour is making a statement to the council out of principle. If you cut that piece of overgrown lawn, then you aiding a lazy/corrupt council who are paid to, and should be, doing that work.

my 2 cents....

So you do not mow or have someone mow your own sidewalk lawn? Else you are doing just what you stated.
 

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Have you tried asking him if he minds you cutting the lawn on the pavement outside his house? He might say cool - do it!
Don't let his attitude stop you being a nice neighbour. He might soften up too.
 

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So you do not mow or have someone mow your own sidewalk lawn? Else you are doing just what you stated.
Strictly speaking yes. He's asking if it's illegal. Therefore, If it's legal, then there must exist a right. That right don't exist.

I know it's only grass. Next we will be asking if it's ok to repaint stop signs or clean electricity boxes and and and..... You understand what I mean.
 

rgasparotto

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Who is demanding that he must cut it?

Secondly, strictly speaking, you asking if you have the right to perform maintenance on infrastructure that doesn't belong to you. Answer is no.

Be a good neighbour and just learn to live with it. In all probability the neighbour is making a statement to the council out of principle. If you cut that piece of overgrown lawn, then you aiding a lazy/corrupt council who are paid to, and should be, doing that work.

my 2 cents....
I’m trying to sell my house, and his jungle next door is going to have a negative impact on potential buyers. I can’t wait for the council to eventually fix this. Also, the entire neighborhood barring him makes sure their sidewalks look respectable
 

supersunbird

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Strictly speaking yes. He's asking if it's illegal. Therefore, If it's legal, then there must exist a right. That right don't exist.

I know it's only grass. Next we will be asking if it's ok to repaint stop signs or clean electricity boxes and and and..... You understand what I mean.

Wrong, if there is no law against something, it is legal. Or else you will need to point me to the right to eat food off a plate with a fork and knife, if you can't, then it means it's illegal. See, that's not logical.
 

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Grass at the river. is there a reason he don't want you to cut it. You may always read your bylaws. I was spraying bugs on the trees in our street, some people thank me for it, but one phone the security, Maybe if I talked to her, things would have been fine.
 

Kodi

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Wrong, if there is no law against something, it is legal. Or else you will need to point me to the right to eat food off a plate with a fork and knife, if you can't, then it means it's illegal. See, that's not logical.
Lol. Pray tell, upon which principle of law do you rely on that gives you the right to undertake maintenance on property that does not belong to you?
 

supersunbird

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Lol. Pray tell, upon which principle of law do you rely on that gives you the right to undertake maintenance on property that does not belong to you?

The same one you use to have your own sidewalk mowed.

Quote the law making it illegal to mow a sidewalk lawn?
 
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