Posted 04 October 2013 - 06:14 AM
In 2012, I purchase a property with a double lot that has 2 houses on it. Since then I completely gutted both houses and restored one (1) of the houses. The other house is still needing to be restored but I need more time to save money to work on the house before I can start.
A lady down the street keeps complaining about my house (the one I still need to work on) and another neighbor's house in the neighborhood being a eyesore. She threatens to turn us in to someone (not sure who). I feel like both houses (mine and older lady's house) isn't that bad and there are other homes that could use work in neighborhood also but I'm getting harassed because I'm a young female and the other lady is older and alone.
My house is not livable and no one is living in it but it is safe and locked up. The older lady's house is safe and livable. I really don't know what someone could complain about besides bushes needing trimmed in her yard.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:20 AM
You don't say how you are being "harassed" but if you've told the lady to stop contact and she will not, you'd need to check with local law enforcement about any anti-harassment laws or seeking a restraining order/injunction. Otherwise, ignore her; she's troubled. (Note that everyone's definition of "harassed" is different, and it may be that what you may be talking about is nothing of the kind in any legal sense.)
"Is there a West Virginia law that states you have to have a home that has to be up to certain standards?"
It would be up to a local government entity to care about it (generally), and I imagine it would only care if someone were living in a house that clearly needs to be condemned.
"Can a home stay empty for an amount of time and undergo slow construction/remodeling?"
I presume you mean to ask whether there's a law against this, and there wouldn't be.
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal http://local-attorney-lawyer-search.com/palm-desert-attorney/ and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.
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