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Local Resident Built a Fence to Deter Noisy Kids But His Neighbor Demands Compensation For an Obstructed View Leading to a Battle in the Courtroom.

In the suburban outskirts of a bustling city, a neighborhood resident, referred to as the Original Poster (OP), erects a fence to reclaim his yard from unruly neighborhood children, sparking a bitter conflict with the neighbors who once cherished the view. As the tension escalates, the OP finds himself embroiled in a community feud and a legal battle, pushing the peaceful outskirts to the brink of total fallout.

The Peaceful Outskirts

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OP lived in a home on the outskirts of a city, prized for its magnificent view and expansive yard. The yard ran all the way to a small forest, creating an unusual upside-down L-shaped property, setting OP apart from his neighbors. Life was tranquil, as OP spent most of their time indoors or at work, with minimal focus on maintaining the yard.

The Involuntary Home Office

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When the Corona pandemic hit, OP found himself working from home. His back porch became his office, a mug of coffee his constant companion, while the yard took a backseat. However, the newfound peace and quiet were about to be disrupted.

The Uninvited Guests

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A problem arose when neighborhood kids looking for a place to roam discovered OP’s yard, transforming it into their personal soccer field. The back portion of the yard, unattended and open, became a source of constant disruption. Despite OP’s disapproval, the neighbors dismissed his concerns, maintaining the children were harmless and had nowhere else to go.

Taking a Stand

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Frustrated with the continuous intrusion, OP decided to erect a large wooden fence around his yard. The task was taxing as he couldn’t find any contractor who wanted the job. OP completed the job, assisted by two friends, with the goal of reclaiming his yard in sight. As the fence took shape, it stirred the neighbors, who began complaining about losing their view.

The Neighborhood Outrage

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Once completed, the fence drew sharp reactions from the neighbors, whose yards now seemed minuscule in comparison. Their breathtaking view was replaced by a towering wooden screen, disrupting the serene landscape they once enjoyed. The situation escalated when their kids, left without a playground, came asking for permission to use OP’s yard.

The Influx of Complaints

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The completed fence sparked an influx of complaints from both kids and parents alike. The loss of their playground had led to disgruntled parents accusing OP of robbing their children of safe play space. Feeling the pressure, OP started questioning his decision, even though his peace had finally been restored.

Unexpected Complications

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OP soon discovered that the fence, while addressing one problem, had unwittingly created another. The complaints didn’t end but took a more aggressive turn, with the neighbors accusing OP of spoiling the neighborhood’s aesthetic.

The View Dispute

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A new twist emerged when the neighbors demanded compensation for their lost view. They claimed the fence was an eyesore, ruining not only their view but also the overall appeal and aesthetic of the neighborhood.

Legal Intervention

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Following relentless complaints, the neighbors escalated the matter, involving local authorities in a bid to have the fence removed. This move heightened the tension, putting OP’s hard-earned peace at risk. OP was faced with a tough choice: keep the fence or restore the neighborly peace.

The Compromise Proposal

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With the neighborhood up in arms, a compromise was proposed: convert a portion of the yard into a community playground. The idea was met with mixed feelings from OP, who found himself battling between personal comfort and community harmony. The question of boundaries was back on the table, adding another layer of complexity to OP’s predicament.

The Decision

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After much deliberation, OP decided to remain firm on his stand, reinforcing the purpose of the fence. He held onto his resolve despite the neighbors’ protests, refusing to compromise his newfound peace. The atmosphere in the neighborhood grew tense, the fence becoming a symbol of defiance.

The Legal Battle

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As the dispute dragged on, the neighbors resorted to legal action against OP, claiming the fence violated local zoning ordinances. The legal battle was stressful and time-consuming, further straining relations within the community.

The Surprising Verdict

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Ultimately the case made it to court, with the ruling in favor of OP, stating that he was within his rights to erect the fence. This decision brought relief to OP but also incensed the neighbors, further widening the divide within the community.

The Community Fallout

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Despite winning the legal battle, OP faced a fallout with his neighbors, leading to a cold atmosphere within the community. Isolated but determined, he continued to enjoy his fenced yard and peaceful work environment. Even though relations were strained, OP stood by his decision, bracing for the long haul.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “Your neighbors are acting like you’re obligated for your yard to be a public park. Plus, they were obnoxious about it.”

Another Viewpoint

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Another responder wrote: “While I think OP should absolutely have fenced off their yard, I think it is going to be hard for OP to live there after also removing everyone’s view.”

A Different Perspective

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A different person states, “You put a fence up around your private property as a result of their unwillingness to cooperate.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by this thread.

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  1. OP bought the land and is responsible for anyone who may get injured on it. The neighbors have no rights to the land. They need to get off their entitled butts and take their children to a real park. It kills me that people with kids can’t comprehend that not everyone wants to put up with other people’s children. You go OP!