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Idiot neighbor slopes carport roof the wrong way

Been dealing with this for years now, but just have to vent since I had to fire up the tractor at midnight last night so we could get to our house. Our neighbor's carport slopes toward the road, rather than down the hill on the other side away from the road. This is a seasonal place for them so it doesn't affect them at all, but we leave here year-round so it's a hassle for me every single winter. I get the road nicely cleared, then when it warms a bit the snow slides off their carport and makes the road impassable again and I have to blade it out. The snow never comes off all at once, so naturally I have to repeat this process several times over the course of a day or two even if there's no additional snowfall.


The really rotten part is that a few years ago they rebuilt the carport. A perfect opportunity to correct the problem, right? Nope! They kept it sloping the wrong way.
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Nail a board to the edge, it will hold the snow and maybe even collapse the car port. Just make sure you remove the board before they come back.


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Trust me, while dealing with this time after time I've had all sorts of evil thoughts. I don't wish ill on anyone but it wouldn't hurt my feelings if that carport collapsed from excessive weight as long as no one was injured.

Oh, and the neighbor complains about where I put the snow from his carport, too. As you can see from the photo there aren't a lot of options, but over the years I've been told not to push it over the hill, not to block their walkway to their house, etc. All of this occurred because I was actively trying to leave them a place to park in the winter! No good deed goes unpunished.
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is it a public road? if so i would assume you could file a complaint and they would have to remove part or all of the shed. generally you are not allowed building within so many feet of property lines for reasons like this.

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No, not a public road. This is around a lake, the road system evolved long before we moved here as waterfront property often does. Strictly speaking this road crosses the property of each homeowner along the way, although we were careful to secure an easement before we bought here. That puts us in an awkward position: Legally we can use and maintain the road, but there's no enforceable setback requirements.
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Trust me, while dealing with this time after time I've had all sorts of evil thoughts. I don't wish ill on anyone but it wouldn't hurt my feelings if that carport collapsed from excessive weight as long as no one was injured.

Oh, and the neighbor complains about where I put the snow from his carport, too. As you can see from the photo there aren't a lot of options, but over the years I've been told not to push it over the hill, not to block their walkway to their house, etc. All of this occurred because I was actively trying to leave them a place to park in the winter! No good deed goes unpunished.
Maybe you could just snowblow it right back where it came from on the roof... Or INTO the carport...
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Did they tell you that you couldn't put the snow "IN" the carport?
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does this affect other people? could you widen the road around the carport to really piss him off??? I'm assuming you already spoke to him about this.

there are many ways to skin a cat.

if you can't widen the road I'd blow it someplace inconvenient for them. you have the right to road access.

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No, not a public road. This is around a lake, the road system evolved long before we moved here as waterfront property often does. Strictly speaking this road crosses the property of each homeowner along the way, although we were careful to secure an easement before we bought here. That puts us in an awkward position: Legally we can use and maintain the road, but there's no enforceable setback requirements.
It still could be worth a call to the code enforcement office. He is interfering with the free rights of passage by others. No costs involved.
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I cannot blow it back onto the carport. The angle of the carport is shallow so by the time it slides off (days later) it's already compacted snow, ice, etc. Even my Pro32 doesn't like chewing on that stuff. I plow it out of the way with the 580SK. Furthermore, that just means I would have to deal with the same snow/ice multiple times because it would just fall off again later.

I also cannot push it under the carport once it slides off, because the carport is lower than my 580SK.

I can't widen the road because 1) it's his private property, I can't just start moving dirt without permission; 2) there are utilities under there; 3) as the photo shows, it butts up against a hill so I'd be creating a cliff and have to manage erosion, etc. which might end up a worse problem than the carport.

The code enforcement office is an interesting idea, but since this is private property with a recorded easement there's really no code involved. Code applies to public rights of way, which this is not.

The proper solution is for him to replace his stupidly designed carport. And to stop criticizing my snow management decisions when they're mostly driven by his stupidly designed carport.
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