My old house has been on the market for almost 2 years now. No bites, hardly any interest- which sucks because it's a really cute house! I would have loved to stay there, but I had to move for Jaysen's education (but that's a whole different story).
I'd been having a neighborhood kid cut the grass and keep the outside maintained, since I don't have the chance to get down there and do it myself. The kid isn't doing it anymore.
I did not know this.
So, imagine my surprise when I received a letter in the mail about a civil infraction mandating me to cut the grass and clean up the "debris" on the property, in 7 days.
I went to work trying to find someone who would cut the grass. I hired a company yesterday, and they were going to come out first thing this morning- but I had to leave them a check for $30 taped to the door. Fine.
I went to the house after work, and to my surprise again, the lawn was already cut! My neighbor told me that a crew came out the day before, cut the lawn, cut down branches and trees, and took a crapload of pictures.
Fuckity fuck fuck. The police contracted the city to do it.
This morning I called the police department to complain that I wasn't given my 7 days. They explained to me that it's 7 days from the notice, not 7 days from when I received the letter in the mail. Apparently, the mailing is just a courtesy. Well thank you for being so courteous. You'd think if that were the case, they could've written the notice date on the letter.
Since I was admitting that it is my responsibility to upkeep the property, I asked if they could tell me what the bill would be. Ready for this??? $380.00. Plus the cost of the ticket they're going to issue me. What the shit is that?!? You've got to be kidding me.
I do, however, have the option of either paying the bill and ticket in full, or paying the bill in full and fighting the ticket in court. Wow- I'm so glad I have options. Oh- I forgot to mention that they're also issuing a bench warrant for my arrest.
I'm such a lucky girl.