Homeowner Says City Let Neighbor Build On His Property
POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:13pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 10:03am
EL PASO - A Northeast El Paso man is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He says his neighbor was building a rock wall on part of his property, so he complained to the city. However, he says the city did nothing to stop the construction.
Jonathon Lambert says the city issued his neighbor a permit to build the wall higher without his permission.
"'Written approval of adjoining property owners must be submitted with the application for a building permit.' I have never submitted or given anyone written permission. Never," Lambert quoted part of a city code that he says Code Enforcement blatantly ignored when they issued the permit.
Now the wall is set in concrete, and it's something he has to deal with every day.
"One, my visibility backing out of my driveway has been restricted. Two, as you can see the addition on that portion of the wall right over here does not blend, and it's just not acceptable," he said.
We questioned the city to find out why they issued a permit when one homeowner did not agree to the wall. They told us the neighbor gave her word the wall does not sit on Lambert's property, and they said it's not their job to figure out who's property the wall sits on. Now Lambert could have to use time and money to get the wall torn down, despite the fact he raised concerns over the wall before, during and now after the wall was built.
"Why do I have to go pursue this when I made the phone call and requested support from Code Compliance?"
We'll let you know what happens.