What can I do about my neighbors power lines over my roof?

Okay the short version, I bought a house just about two years ago. Neighbors power lines run over the back porch roof. Owner at the time was very amenable to working with me to have stuff done as I needed to on my house and the people I bought my house from had had no issues with that owner. This owner ended up

Okay the short version, I bought a house just about two years ago. Neighbors power lines run over the back porch roof. Owner at the time was very amenable to working with me to have stuff done as I needed to on my house and the people I bought my house from had had no issues with that owner. This owner ended up loosing the house I won't go into detail about how or why. The current owners are for lack of a better word slum-lords. Due to a shared driveway I and the people living in my home have been forced to clear the snow and ice from the driveway at our cost otherwise it will be left for days and someone will get hurt, frankly I'm not in the mood to watch someone break their skull again. The power lines come into play thus: I have a hearth in my house, I want to utilize said hearth with a wood or pellet stove. The chimney needed inspecting. I had it inspected. Inspector says 'nope no can use this, its too short and it needs to be repaired or replaced'. Got a quote, quote HINGES ENTIRELY on the power lines being moved. The power lines I have no control over. I literally can't even have someone remove the chimney with the power lines there. I can't have someone shore up the chimney to make sure nothing will come off it. I have no idea how to go about this. I have tried numerous times in the past year of this company owning the property next door to contact them and speak with people but no phone calls are ever returned and I cant get to their office. Help? nothing in town code
'move to a better neighborhood' Not gonna happen. I got dang lucky with the price I paid for this house in a small town. The new owners of next door being a company that doesn't give a crap has nothing to do with the neighborhood. Certainly not 'ghetto'. I will have to call the electric company

'move to a better neighborhood' Not gonna happen. I got dang lucky with the price I paid for this house in a small town. The new owners of next door being a company that doesn't give a crap has nothing to do with the neighborhood. Certainly not 'ghetto'. I will have to call the electric company and maybe they can give me an idea. Thank you for the suggestion. The maintenance guy for next door said that the company that owns it is responsible for moving the lines and they dont want to

Other answer:

Tindomerel:
I have read carefully and totally understand your dilemma. With my knowledge
and experience in all phases of construction, I know that no power lines would
ever have been approved, to be strung across any part of a neighbor's dwelling.
Consider starting with the electric company and what permits were ever issued
to permit such an unacceptable procedure. Only the electric company could have
any right to move or redirect these lines. We know it is not safe to erect a new
chimney with the lines where they are now.
That new chimney must be a certain height above your ridge board and be of
a qualified material to withstand the extreme heat that either a wood or pellet
stove puts out. Proper procedure must be followed for this installation and you
need to inform your insurance company of your plans.
Best of luck.
loanmasterone:
The power lines are there to stay. Before installing the power lines the utility company applied to the city and was approved the right to use this space for their power lines. The city approved the right of the power company to use this space and is called an easement.

Your former neighbors nor your current neighbors have anything to say or do about about the power lines that provide electricity to their property.

If you would like to see if there is something you are able to do with removing or changing the direction of the power line, you would need to make an appeal to the city planning and permit department. If this is not the proper department they would be able to point you to the correct department.

If might be that you would have to present your case to the city counsel.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FIGHT ON"

babyboomer1001:
Write them a nice letter asking them to have "their" power lines removed from your roof and off your property within 30 days, or you will have it done and will lien their property and proceed to foreclose their property if they fail to pay. That's how you deal with dead beat neighbors. Nastiness can go both ways.
NWIP:
Why are you not talking to the power/electric company instead of asking on yahoo? THAT is the first place to start because THEY put the lines there not the owner. There can be a reason why they are there and required.

Why shouldn't you be de-icing and shoveling your driveway. It's your property too

tro:
have the power company reroute the lines to NOT go over any part of your house unless you are in such tight quarters it is not possible
the power company should be amenable to this since it is possibly a hazard which could endanger your house and they could be held responsible
Steve D:
Call the electric company. More than likely, they have an aerial easement that even your neighbor can do nothing about (these easements are granted by the town or county).
JMITW:
uh, you should have called the electric company 1st…the other owner can't do anything about the power lines…the electric company handles it…they are the ones that put them there

if you have a shared driveway…is there anything in writing about rights and responsibilities? if they are half responsible, sue them for half the cost..if there is nothing in writing, that is your fault for not getting anything when you bought..

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Ron:
You are in a ghetto neighborhood. Move to a better area.

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