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January 17th, 2005


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03:49 pm - What would you do?
I live in a condo. The building is a converted 2 family, so it is just me and the lady downstairs. A month or two ago, she got a puppy. About a month ago, she asked how I would feel about her fencing the back yard. I wasn't terribly keen on it, since it would involve letting said puppy pretty much poop anyplace in the yard, and that is never good for property value, but I said OK.

I got a message from her today asking me, since it would improve the property value, if I would kick in half of the $1600.

Now, I understand where she's coming from, but it is already fenced on 3 sides, although the left side is rather weak, and aside from her dog, I don't see a NEED for a 4th side.

Would you kick in half, and if not, what would you say to her?
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From:adyan
Date:January 17th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Unless you think that it would be a serious add to the property value, then I would say no. Espeically in light of the fact that you are not really keen on the dog turning the backyard into a place where only the dog feels good about laying down...
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From:jon3
Date:January 17th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure it would add at all. right now the driveway kind of flows into the yard, and I think a fence would just be another thing to maintain, while providing no real value.

Unless somebody was planning to buy the house and move in with a dog, that is...
From:pierandocean
Date:January 17th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
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i personally would not kick in half. and i don't really think you owe her any explanation. it seems like a simple yes or no question. but if she presses you for a reason and you decide you want to give it to her, i would say "it is already fenced on 3 sides, and aside from your dog, I don't see a NEED for a 4th side." :)

but as an aside, do you KNOW this lady? are you neighborly with her?? i might be wrong since i don't know her, but it seems rude to me...like a sceme for her to only have to pay for half the fencing. maybe a nice large privacy fence could improve the property value, but i don't see how an ordinary chain link fence for keeping a dog could add THAT much.
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From:jon3
Date:January 17th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
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We're friendly, but we're not friends or anything.

I'm already kind of bending over. I am kicking in half for a plow company to come and do the driveway during snowstorms.

I have a 4WD truck, she's got a low to the ground jaguar.

Guess who NEEDS a plow company, and who can pretty much just wait for the snow to melt?

But I told her to go ahead and have somebody do it, because I'm nice like that.

But kicking in $800 for her puppy-yard, I had to draw the line there.
From:putonthekettle
Date:January 17th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. Seems like she'd just trying to abuse your goodnature.
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From:geoffroi
Date:January 18th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)

Those are the risks of a 2 unit condo association.

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I'm in the same boat (2 unit condo). In general, just splitting things has workd pretty well, but there are some snags. We decided to buy a lawn mower and split lawn care, but she has never mowed. Her father does sometimes, though.

For snow removal, she wanted to have a plow service, but our driveway doesn't have a lot of room to put the snow especially when we get a lot, so I wanted to buy a snowblower and take care of it. We couldn't come to agreement, so I just bought the snowblower myself.
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From:jon3
Date:January 18th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)

Re: Those are the risks of a 2 unit condo association.

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So far we haven't really disagreed on anything. I want to up the monthly so we build up a reserve, and she's hesistated until after the xmas season, but then she brings up spending 1600 on a fence, so now I'm wondering.

I'll bring it back up with her next time I see her though.
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