We are 5 weeks into our new pool build in Pasadena, CA and the city inspector just told us we need to replace the entire perimeter wall in our backyard. There are 2 of them and they are shared with 2 different neighbors, and total approx. 120 feet. Weíve tried reasoning with the inspector, our PB has tried too, and our PB has also talked to the senior inspector at the city but he stands behind the field inspectors opinion. Itís difficult to accept because we are confident the wall is strong and will not come down. But we think we need to come to terms with this awful snag and just do what they say. A big problem is we donít know what this means for us exactly, but it seems like itís opening a can of worms -- let alone will probably cost us an additional unexpected $5k.
A friend said we will need to get a surveyor out to ensure putting the new fence in the same exact location as the old wall will not encroach on anyoneís property. And someone said we might have to work with the neighbors to pick the new materials and style of the new fence. We gave one of the neighbors a heads up and they seem to be annoyed with us now. The other neighbor is right behind us and has an electrical pole close to the existing wall which must be an easement for them, but we bought our house 2 years ago and there was no easement listed in the escrow docs for us. Nonetheless, Iím concerned replacing this wall will open up some kind of legal issue regarding this electrical pole.
We are contemplating building a fence inside the existing wall to avoid property line issues, angering our neighbors, legal concerns, electrical pole becoming a problem, and perhaps even avoid pulling a new permit. Not sure it will work, but itís something we want to explore. Does anyone have any insights on this issue or encountered a similar experience? Would love to know how it worked out for you. And if thereís anyone in Pasadena, CA could you tell me if your perimeter wall was ever an issue in your pool build?
Meanwhile hereís a pic of our build so far:
Day 17 Tiling mostly done.jpg