Overwatering Neighbor Overreaching Limited Common Area

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S.B. from Hartford County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Next door neighbor in my 54-unit PUD is way overwatering his lawn and even has a sprinkler head on my limited common area.  What can I do when the association won’t help?

Mister Condo replies:

S.B., given the summer we’re having here in Connecticut, it’s hard to believe there is such a thing as overwatering! That being said, nuisance behavior from a neighbor is just that; a nuisance. There may not be anything you can do, especially if you have notified your Board and they are not taking action. I know it is hard to understand but your Board can pick and choose their fights. Someone who parks in the fire zone is far more likely to get a fine than someone who overwaters their yard. The sprinkler head on your limited common area is actionable by you, not your Board. You can ask nicely for your neighbor to remove the sprinkler head; you can send a letter; you can sue him if you wish. I would just suggest to you that overwatering is not as bad an offense as, say, playing loud music at all hours of the night or leaving a barking dog unattended. Choose your battles wisely, my friend. Watering season only lasts a few months. The two of you are neighbors year round and maybe for years to come. Best wishes!

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