As a landlord, what would you do?

I have a well in my back yard. There are about 4 weak boards covering it. They are weathered and can not hold over 5 lbs.

I rent. My next door neighbors rent and just moved in. They have 3 kids and the one is 2. She stepped on the board and almost went right through.

We have small yards. I wrote my landlord a

I have a well in my back yard. There are about 4 weak boards covering it. They are weathered and can not hold over 5 lbs.

I rent. My next door neighbors rent and just moved in. They have 3 kids and the one is 2. She stepped on the board and almost went right through.

We have small yards. I wrote my landlord a letter stating I would like to place something, anything, over the weak boards and to calle ASAP but he hasnt.

Can I put something over the well?
The well is flush to the ground. You can't even see it when it snows until you hear the boards start to creak. It's been a week and he has not called me.

Best Answer:

Elaine M: You don't own the property — call the health department of your city and explain the issue. They will fine the landlord if the landlord does not fix this — it's not your problem to solve. Keep your kids AWAY from it. Notify the parents of the kids to keep them off the property.

Other answer:

Elaine M:
Yes you can put something over the well and you should. You should also warn the neighbors that it's hazardous.

Call your landlord. Text your landlord. Email your landlord. Really, treat this as urgent. It's dangerous.

shipwreck:
If I was a landlord and the well was being used I would build a well house or shed over the well and place a couple layers of 5/8 plywood over it then put a lock on the shed or well house so the well is clean and accessible to the owner not to children. Tell Timmy to stay out of the well or you will tell Lassie.
babyboomer1001:
You need to inform the neighbors to keep their children in their own yard because the well in yours is covered with only a flimsy board, which can easily be moved and if one of the children falls in and dies, the neighbor will be responsible for failing to supervise her child and you don 't want to see any accidents. Tell her you are renting and you have not been able to get the landlord to cover it better and you don 't know what to do with it to keep others safe, except to keep them away. Hand her a brief letter when you talk to her – tell her you did not know if you would find her home so you wrote the problem in a letter. Don 't tell her that you wrote the letter to protect yourself if her child dies in the well. Also, notify your landlord in writing that the neighbor children who just moved in are playing in the yard near and on the well and ask him to secure it so that children cannot fall in .
coraann:
You had better put something over the well that the children cannot lift, or one of
them is going to drown. Why would you wait to hear from a landlord? Do it now.
Rob:
Simple intelligence says go to home depot Lowe's ace hardware and BUY enough lumber hammers nails saws to build a stout cover over it.
Here will not costs u 50$ .
Waiting for landlord may cost a life and lawsuit
Zinnia:
of course you can as long as you don't alter the property somehow..it should be easy enough to build a cover and weigh it down with something like cinder blocks.

so this for quick fix, and work out a more permanent solution when you have time

diamondcollector:
this is your landlord's problem. but i would call the city and the police to assist in getting his/her attention.
sophieb:
call the county ordinance department and ask.
real estate guy:
I would.
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