UPDATE: Trailer removed after neighborhood dispute

Ouachita Parish, La.-- - UPDATE [9/19/2017 9:30 p.m.]

A problem has been solved for a neighborhood dispute in West Ouachita Parish we reported last month.

Homeowner Deloris Swoveland shared her concerns about a trailer that was being rented out on a property next door.

She said it violated neighborhood covenants. 

Soon after our story ran, the trailer was removed and the land owner offered to sell her the lot.

Swoveland has bought the property and is excited to say that she's finally able to sleep better at night. 
"As soon as he took that trailer off that lot I no longer had to get up in the middle of the night and check and see what was going on with lights blazing all night long people working on bicycles in the middle of the night," Swoveland said.

Your rights vary, depending on the dispute and the age of a neighborhood covenant, but Swoveland said if you have an issue with neighboring property, let folks know.

She said it could help get the issue resolved.

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"Most of the people that move into these little trailers, they're renting it by the week," homeowner Deloris Swoveland said.

She's lived in the Ridge Grove subdivision in Ouachita Parish for more than 20 years, but in the last few weeks she's dealt with an eyesore next door.

"It could bring down what our houses are with, plus we're worried about the criminal activity," She added.

Swoveland said the trailer violates the subdivision's 58-year-old covenant. 

However, those living on the lot won't pack their bags, leaving Swoveland and other neighbors concerned. 

"He said he could do what he wants to," Swoveland said.

So she reached out to multiple agencies, including parish officials, but they said they aren't responsible for enforcing covenants.

"Those are considered to be of private law, they're not public law where the police jury can step in," Attorney for the Ouachita Parish Police Jury Jay Mitchell said. "So it's up to the landowners in the subdivision to enforce their own covenants."

One may officials said to handle it? In civil court, which Swoveland said can be costly.

"I don't understand why we have to hire a lawyer, to enforce those rules if they're filed at the courthouse," she said.

Swoveland feels like she's reached a dead end and now she's asking for help.

"We hope there's someone in Ouachita Parish who we haven't been in contact with that will try to help us out with that," she added. 


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