My question involves real estate located in the State of: Florida
We recently purchased a house in a neighborhood with smaller lots. It has a pool and is therefore required to be fenced. Previous owners replaced back and right side of fence and we knew left side needed to be replaced. The house on that side is a rental and the owner is out of state. Previous owners said they were going to see if the neighbor would split the cost but never got around to doing anything about it. It needs to be replaced and we fully intended to pay for the replacement as we want board on board not stockade. The fence appears to be on the property line as are most fences in the neighborhood. We paid a landscaper to get rid of brush near the fence and hedge back the neighbor's trees growing over it. In the process we discovered the reason the fence was raised and dilapidated was because the neighbor had a tree on their side fall at some point and the root system/stump raised and damaged the fence. The landscaper said he could not touch it because the stump was not on our property. We got the number for the property manager from the tenants next door. I called and spoke to him many weeks ago and he stated getting rid of the stump shouldn't be a problem. Now he will not answer my calls or return my numerous voice mails. I've tried calling the office he works for and he must own it because that number goes into a voice mail with his name. We contacted the HOA and they said it's a civil matter.
What are the recommendations at this point? My husband is going to try to call from his phone to see if he will answer. Other thoughts are sending a certified letter to the owner, to the management company, calling the owner if I can find a number for them. Last option would be what small claims court?