My question involves real estate located in the State of: California
We recently discovered bamboo roots (rhizomes) in our yard growing under the fence separating our yard from the neighbor’s. The neighbor’s is a rental. Our concern is that the bamboo rhizomes will destroy our septic tank system by clogging up the leach field lines.
We contacted the neighbor's landlord and he cut down the bamboo. He told us he plans to paint the bamboo root ends with bleach to kill them.
We (not the neighbor's landlord) paid $65 for a consultation from a landscaper. The landscaper said the type of bamboo is called “Golden” and the rhizomes usually do not go deeper than 36 inches. He will be sending us an estimate to dig up and remove the bamboo rhizomes from our yard. We also plan to have him dig a trench along the fence and put in a barrier to prevent any rhizomes from growing under the fence in the future. We do not have confidence that the landlord will kill the bamboo growing in his yard.
We invited the neighbor's landlord to pay for the removal of the rhizomes from our yard. He declined, saying the bamboo had spread to his yard from another neighbor’s yard living behind his property, so he is not responsible for the rhizomes that are growing under our common fence into our yard.
We are considering taking him to small claims court to recover the cost of the removal of rhizomes from our yard and the creation of the barrier along the fence to prevent future rhizome invasions from his property into ours.
We are also considering just paying for the job ourselves because we prefer to maintain a good friendly relationship with him and his tenants. We also have a female cat that goes into the rental’s yard. We do not want any harm to come to her.
We feel like we are being bamboozled.
Thank you for your suggestions and advice.