Thursday, December 18, 2014

A muddy problem with L&I

DEAR HARRY: I have been trying for the past year to get Licenses and Inspections to resolve a water problem in the rear of a neighbor's house. When it rains, water and mud come over the separation wall onto my rear yard. It has a greasy appearance and often has a horrible smell.

L&I always sends an inspector who comes in good weather, and they see a slight problem that is dismissed. They absolutely won't send someone when there's a strong rainstorm. Even my pictures have no effect. Sometimes the neighbor's kids play in the mud on their side of the wall, and they often toss some of it over the wall. I'm at my wit's end. Help!

WHAT HARRY SAYS: It seems a shame that L&I inspectors are reluctant to come to see the problem when it occurs. Over many years, I have had similar complaints from other homeowners. You can be sure that they would speed out there if there was a safety or health issue. Some homeowners have "invented" a safety problem in order to get action quickly. I prefer a straightforward approach.

Get to your representative on City Council. They can get action when ordinary Joes cannot, because they know whom to call and how to apply the necessary pressure. I feel certain that you'll get action during our next heavy rain.

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