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Asked on: 10/29/10, 11:34 am

Do I have any legal recourse?

The day I closed on my house someone mowed the lawn. Two weeks later it was mowed again. I have never owned a home so I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this. We weren’t sure who was doing it because there weren’t any notes left. We put signs up telling whoever it was to stay out but they showed up the next time two days before the 2 week period (they were coming on Wed every two weeks). Finally received a bill in the mail from the city and I called them to tell them not to mow the lawn. I wrote them a letter stating that I did not feel I owed this money because I was never given any notice (notice sent to the previous owners). The city wrote back and said that they would let me pay the $400+ for the mowing company and take off the charges for staff time. I was going to write back to say that I still did not think that was appropriate, then I was in and out of town, and I forgot to get in touch. I received a letter stating there would be a review by the city council and we could attend or submit in writing why we disagreed. The language of the letter made it sound like this was going to be a city ordinance or state ordinance-not that it was only for me. I received a letter stating the amount was accepted by the city council and now I own almost $900 to be paid by November 24 or it would be added to my property taxes with interest.

Do I have any legal recourse?

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