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Advice on Easement:

“I could use some advice regarding a developer who is building a four-story condo on the property behind our house. I own the corner lot on a block of row houses. There is a six ft. easement that runs behind all our homes that we used as storage for our trash cans. The developer purchased the property around the corner from our house and the side of the property runs along the easement. The developer tore down the old property and used his half to the easement leaving us with three ft.

The owners on the block in closest proximity to the construction have had some issues with the developer over the last several months: our easement was comprised and construction was shut down by the city, our fences have been broken, unsecured building materials have fallen into our backyards damaging personal property, open containers of food and drinks are left for days at a time, construction workers have walked along the tops of our fences or nailed things directly into the fence without our permission. It might not seem like much, but it starts to add up.

The latest issue we have is that the developer re-poured the concrete over our easement and sloped it towards our backyards. The gutter for the condo runs from the fourth floor all the way down to ground level and is pointed to the top of the sloped easement. It’s obvious that he’s trying to divert water from his building so the floor built below ground doesn’t have any moisture issues, but in doing so, he’s adding extra water to our backyards which I think poses a problem for our yards and patios long-term.

Long story short, does anyone have any suggestions about what recourse the owners have to get the developer to fix the easement? Does he have the legal right to change the slope of our easement? And if not, how can we get him to change it back? He told an owner on the block that he would fix it in the spring, but the condos are due to go on the market any day and I believe he intends to ignore us and leave it up to the new owners to figure out.

I’ve tried calling and emailing him in the past but he’s been quite contentious and ignored any of the concerns we have. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!”

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Suggestions for master policy insurance company for a small condo building?:

“Our small (4 unit) condo building has been using the same insurance carrier for our master insurance policy for the past five years. While we each have our own condo ownership policies, we are required to have a policy for the building itself. Given our recent experience with trying to resolve a claim, we have decided to look into some other options. We wanted to find out if anyone in PoPville has a positive experience with a company they might recommend we look into. Any suggestions are appreciated.”

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Looking for recommendations for restaurants that cater:

“I’m hosting a party for about 75 people and I would rather not use a caterer as that can get incredibly expensive. I was thinking instead to get catering from a restaurant and hire one or two waiters to serve. The only recommendation I’ve gotten from friends is Lebanese Taverna. Does anyone else have recommendations for restaurants in the area that cater?”

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Local Artist/Gallery Recommendations:

“I’m on the prowl for an original piece (painting, but open to other media) for a large wall in my living room. Stylistically, I’m not ultra modern but open beyond that. Anyone have any favorite artists or galleries they’d recommend checking out?”

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Joint Bank Account for Security Deposit:

“I recently moved from a group house that was maintained by a management company to an one bedroom condo rented by the owner. The owner of my new place has opened a bank account for the security deposit and would like to add me to the account. She is being somewhat insistent about this, even though I have told I didn’t really feel the need for a joint account. I’m mostly against it because coordinating a time that works for both of us to go to the bank seems like a pain (I would likely have to take time off of work to do this). Also it seems a bit odd and I’ve never heard of this. Has anyone been on a joint account for their security deposit or have any ideas why being on a joint account would be a good or bad idea? ”

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Places to walk your… cat?:

“This is sort of a ridiculous question but does anyone know of a good place to walk your cat?

I’m from NC and my cat is used to being an indoor/outdoor cat and doing whatever he wants. Now he is stuck inside all day and is going CRAZY. I’ve gotten him a million awesome toys and structures but he just wants the real deal.

I got one of those cat leashes but i don’t have a backyard or anything to walk him around in. Anyone know of a place where there would be little to no dogs that I could walk this guy at? Has anyone else wanted to walk their cat?”

and

“Can anyone recommend a cat sitter who does house calls, specifically in Petworth? I have a 2 week vacation coming up and would rather just pay a reliable pet sitter and not have to worry about it than beg friends of mine to pop in every couple of days.”

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I “doored” someone and am trying to find them:

“This morning [Wed. Feb. 4th], in a moment of rush and complete and utter carelessness, I did not check before opening the passenger door as I was getting out of my car (silver 2004 Toyota 4Runner) and doored someone on their bike at 18th and N Sts NW around 9:30am. The biker flipped off onto the sidewalk but quickly got up and said they were fine, and sped away before we could exchange contact information. If you are this person, please contact me with identifying details. As a biker myself, I feel horrible and I would like to know if the biker needs any bike repairs that I can pay for. It seemed like there weren’t any injuries, but I’d pay for necessary medical bills as well. Thanks. ”

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Looking for charities for Solly’s Charity Trivia Night:

“We are looking for charities for our weekly Charity Trivia night [11th and U Street, NW]. We donate 10% of the nights sales to a different charity every week. Please email sollysbooking@gmail.com to book your charity!”

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Chiropractor and Tankless Water Heater:

“Need a chiropractor. Metro accessible would be great…thanks.”

and

“Tankless Water Heater

Hi Everyone – I am thinking about switching to a tankless water heater and I am looking for advice, red flags, and contractor/plumber recommendations to talk to. Here is the story: Our water heater is old and will need to be replaced soon. We currently don’t always have enough hot water going to our upstairs bathroom for 2 of us to take decent length hot showers. I have never taken a bath in this house because I am confident I couldn’t fill the tub with hot water. I just want enough hot water to take a nice, long, hot bath and on other days get a few of us through hot showers in the mornings. Finally, our water heater is located *behind* our washer/dryer. I have a hope that if we go tankless, I can recoup a little space back there. I know we’ll need to deal with our gas line, but thats all I know. Any advice? A solution other than tankless that would get me a hot bath in a deep tub? Our current water heater is about 80 gallons I believe but its not easy to check. And currently there are only 2 of us.”

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Certificate of Occupancy Basement — Seeking recommendation for architect/permit expediter:

“I know that this topic has been addressed in the past but I am hoping for some current recommendations from the PoPville community. We have a basement unit that needs a Certificate of Occupancy. It is essentially up to code, we believe, but may require a few minor updates and possibly some window masonry. We are looking for an individual (could be an architect) or company that could handle any needed updates to the property in order for it to be to code while also dealing with inspections and expediting permits. Any referrals would be most appreciated!”

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