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Advice on dealing with difficult neighbors

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Nine years ago our neighbors embarked on a home renovation. They put a storage pod next to the property line between our homes, where it stays to this day. The pod doors are ajar and everything inside is sodden and filthy. Animals live inside and out; our dog has hookworm from the rabbits. Whenever we’ve spoken to our neighbors we’ve gotten excuses and assurances. What approach should we take to get things cleaned up? Invite them over for a drink and suggest that we’d love to help by making the two phone calls, one to the junkman and one to the pod company?

A.D. / Cambridge

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