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“DCRA has told us that the property line issue is a ‘civil matter’ and that there’s nothing they can do about it.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Our next door neighbors (row house in Petworth) started building an addition onto the back of their house with no permits. They are doing the work themselves. They’ve been working outside legal construction hours, including on Sundays and as late as 10:30 pm, doing loud drilling and hammering. The addition/work site is inches from our bedroom window. A stop work order was issued, but they are ignoring it and still doing construction. I’ve now noticed that the roof on the addition likely hangs over our property line (Our house has an addition in the back that is more narrow than the front of the house/property line). DCRA has told us that the property line issue is a “civil matter” and that there’s nothing they can do about it. Is this true? Do we have any recourse? Is the property line encroachment going to make it hard to eventually sell our house? Any advice would be much appreciated!”

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