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General Discussion June 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Dirty Neighbors

Our immediate neighbors have a difficult time keeping their front and back yards clean. They mow the lawn once per season (if so much) and their backyard in particular is literally full of trash and other junk. Apart from being unsightly it is a breeding ground for vermin and mosquitoes. They are the only house in the immediate vicinity whose yard is so awful. It is disgusting!

Talking to them in a nice neighborly way is to no avail, as the situation has persisted for a very long time.

Living in such tight quarters here in DC, clearly what one house does can affect all the surrounding houses.

What do I do? Help? Can I go to the city? Can I file a complaint somewhere? Can they be fined for this?

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You can report them, but I forget which agency handles it. Department of Health deals with the rat abatement, but DCRA deals with overgrown lawns
DOH page: http://1.usa.gov/14LAFKV
DCRA page: http://1.usa.gov/14Yks6h

You’ll probably have to call in to report it multiple times for your neighbors to actually do something.

Thanks for the info. I called 311 yesterday and they said they would be sending someone from the Sanitation Department out in 3-5 business days. If the Department deems my neighbors are in violation of anything they will be fined.

I’ll also look into the links you sent. Thanks so much.

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