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Dotty Elaine Lemieux

Dotty Lemieux’s Answers

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  • Do I need a real estate attorney?

    Filed an appeal to install a 5 feet aluminum fence in my front yard. Judgment denied because no one within 300 feet of my property has a fence. I wanted the fence for security reasons. Neighbors did not oppose me installing a fence.

    Dotty’s Answer

    Is there a Homeowners' Association who governs these tings? Or is this a town or County ordinance about not having a fence if no one else does? And maybe it's the aluminum fence; would it be the same for a wooden one, or other kind? I agree with the other lawyer that there is not enough information here.

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  • Live in RV Park for 2+ yrs. Neighbors yell & fight at all hrs daily. Police have responded 30+ times in 12 mos. No resolve.

    Couple next door are so loud that other tenants cannot enjoy their homes, & are sleep deprived. Multiple letters sent to neighbors & park owner requesting a cease to the noise. No compliance to request. Owner refuses to take any action & states "i...

    Dotty’s Answer

    You can bring a civil action against the neighbors for nuisance and against the Park owner for allowing the situation. As a tenant, even though you (I presume) own your mobile home, you pay a fee to the Park owner for the space it is on. For that, you should be entitled to quiet enjoyment of your property.

    Talk to a land use/landlord tenant lawyer in your area.

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  • What can I do to protect myself my property from bad neighbor & county officials who aren't doing their job?

    I live in residential area, not zoned for breeding facillities. Not allowed more than 5dogs. Neighbor has often up to 12 goats on a quarter acre adjoining my yard. He breeds the goats. Extremely messy property, Very messybuilt fence, no poop c...

    Dotty’s Answer

    It sounds like your neighbor may be creating a nuisance. Are other neighbors having problems with this? Did the zoning officer follow the rules for allowing more goats than zoning permits? The neighbor would need a variance I would think. There should have been a hearing. You should contact someone experienced in land use and municipal law issues, to find out what your options are in this case.

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  • What legal steps can be taken in a situation with bad neighbors?

    My brother bought a home and has been living here almost 3 years. Some people started to rent the house next door. They make living here and visiting here uncomfortable. We've had issues with them basically since they got there. It started out wit...

    Dotty’s Answer

    Have you talked to landlord of the property with the nasty neighbor? Have you been documenting these incidents? You may be able to get a restraining order to keep them away from you, or if they are doing other things such as making noise in violation of any City noise ordinance, you may have recourse by a nuisance suit.

    Try the landlord first; then consider contacting a local attorney for other options.

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  • An easement from 1979 was not disclosed when property was purchased in 2010

    We can't build barn where we want it, had pad made and contractor went to get permit and found easement, filed claim with title insurance, have 30 fence posts on easement, lose 2+ acres of pasture and hay field, would not have bought property if I...

    Dotty’s Answer

    If it wasn't disclosed and not on the title (hard to see why it wouldn't be), you may be able to sue your title insurance company, the broker, the seller. I would seek the advice of a local real estate lawyer.

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  • What type of attorney do I need?

    I own some rural property that borders a state-owned forest. There were some trees cut down on the state's property and they have informed me that I will be held responsible because "the trees that were cut down are closer to my property than any...

    Dotty’s Answer

    I agree with attorney no. 2. Who is the "they" that informed you they would hold you responsible and what have they done toward that end? It might be some minor functionary blowing off steam. If they do try to hold you liable, they'd have to prove that you actually cut the trees or allowed them to be cut.

    Someone familiar with the administrative laws of your state might be the place to start, but if they charge you criminally, you would need a criminal attorney. If you'd like to be pro-active, you could call the agency responsible for the trees and ask them what's going on? But without knowing more, it's impossible to point you in any one direction.

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  • Harrassed by young neighbor over property issues. Trespassing and complaining to zoning. 82 and 84 years old.Legal issue?

    Trespassing on acre property. Police were called. Warned. Still complaining.

    Dotty’s Answer

    What types of complaints, what types of trespass? Are they doing any damage? Are they maybe using an easement that they have a right to? Without knowing more, it's impossible to answer your question. If you feel they ]are actually harassing you, not making legitimate complaints, then you might get a restraining order against them, but you might talk to an attorney about all this before going any further, except calling the police if incidents occur. Best of luck to you.

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  • I'm having trouble with my landlord, he doesn't like me because I play loud music.

    Nothing to add

    Dotty’s Answer

    Well, I think you answered your own question. If there are other tenants, he has a responsibility to them to provide a habitable place. If your loud music interferes with that, he has every right to complain and more. It's say, tone it down, get a studio (if its live music), or headphones if it's from a stereo or radio. You may well be creating a nuisance for others.

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  • I own land in rural area which does not abut any road. How do I go about getting a ROW to a road?

    The lot is 85 acres in Missouri - it is possibly 250-500 yards from the nearest road. It is surrounded by mostly undeveloped land. The land has been owned by my family for 100 years but is not used.

    Dotty’s Answer

    There are a number of questions to be answered first. What is the zoning of your property? What do you want to use it for? Have you talked to the neighboring property owners about having them grant an easement for ingress and egress? Have you checked with the Town or County on rules for development, if that is what you would like to do?

    How many properties would you need to pass over? Some of this landlocked property can never be developed. Each case is different. Do your homework first, and then if you do get an easement but need a zoning change, or variance or help getting through the permitting process, check with a local land use attorney. Be sure to be upfront with the neighbors about what your proposed easement will be used for, that is just you driving in and out? Truck trips to supply feed for livestock? A number of people in a new development?

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  • How can I get zoning changed ?

    I want to buy 1.26 acre's that are private. It has a cottage with electric water and a holding tank. This property is in between two state game lands and is zoned seasonal. Being that this is private land , How can I get the zoning changed ?

    Dotty’s Answer

    Changed to what? For what purpose? Is it zoned for residential now, even if between two game lands? (And if so, do you want to live where people are shooting on both sides, assuming its game as in hunting). Or what? More info needed, but the other attorney is correct. So get yourself an attorney to help you through the thicket.

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