A man was called unreasonable when he asked his neighbors to stop letting their kids play in his yard without permission. But they argued that it was a shared space. Is he in the wrong?
He Lived in a Quiet Neighborhood
The man said, ‘I live in a quiet suburban neighborhood.’
His Backyard Was Amazing
The man adored his backyard and described it as a ‘peaceful oasis.’ He put a lot of effort into it, and his family enjoyed relaxing there. It was where they spent quality time together.
His Pride and Joy
He paid a lot of attention to the beautifully landscaped yard, adding a swing set for his kids. It was truly his happy place. So, he became frustrated when his next-door neighbors started using it without permission.
His Neighbor’s Kids Used it Without Permission
The man’s next-door neighbors had three very energetic children he often spotted playing outside. But, one day, he noticed they were playing in his backyard. At first, he let it go, but then they started doing it all the time. When he asked their parents about it, they said the kids were having ‘harmless fun’ and that they loved his garden.
It Was Annoying
Despite the compliment, the man wasn’t happy with his neighbor’s response. They never asked permission for their kids to play in his garden. He was okay with allowing them to use it occasionally but wasn’t happy with someone using his property without asking first.
They Had Caused Permanent Damage
On several occasions, the man caught the children playing in his garden without permission. But he didn’t do anything about it until they started damaging his plants and decorations. His once ‘peaceful oasis’ was now becoming a messy playpen.
He Was Being Unreasonable
The man said, ‘I politely asked my neighbors to check with us before letting their kids play in our yard, but they seemed offended and said I was being unreasonable.’
Was He in the Wrong?
Apparently, his neighbors believed that his garden was a shared space as the yards were adjacent to each other. The man thought that this was utterly ridiculous. It was his property that he carefully maintained! He turned to the internet for advice.
The Internet Replied
One person said, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’
Others Chimed in
Another commented, ‘It is your property, and using it without permission is trespassing.’
A reader vented their frustrations, ‘What is it with entitled parents?! They should make their backyard nicer if they want somewhere for their kids to play.’
There Were Lots of Opinions
Someone thought, ‘If your state has an attractive nuisance doctrine, then kids injured on your property are your liability.’
A Final Word
A final commenter said, ‘If it is a shared space, host a massive kegger using the whole area.’
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