what to do when you have problem neightbors


What To Do When You Have Problem Neighbors

There’s nothing worse than problem neighbors. After long days at work, we just want to come home and relax; when our neighbors disturb our peace it can be especially challenging. Before you hire a lawyer or list your house for sale, there are a few strategies you can employ to make things better.

• Get to Know Them Better – Take an interest in the neighbor and try to understand the issues from their end. Talk about how to resolve the differences together so you’re both happy.

• Be Proactive – If you are having a big party or scheduling some major remodeling, let your neighbors know and try to accommodate their needs as well.

• Document the Problems – Keep careful records in case you do need to address the issue legally.

• Talk With Your Other Neighbors – Seek community support and assistance. If others are having similar issues, gather their information also and gain their help.

• Talk to the City/County/HOA – Often the issues you have with your neighbors are part of a municipal code or HOA R&Rs; talk to these entities and ask for help and guidance.

• Consider Mediation – Ask your neighbor if they would be willing to go to a professional mediator to try and resolve the issues.

• Hire a Lawyer – If nothing else has worked, then it’s time to hire an attorney and deal with the issues legally.
Difficult neighbors can be a serious issue. Problems range from leaves dropping on your lawn to drug dealing. Don’t feel like you have to live with the issue or move; take steps to try and resolve and know that there are ways to solve the issues.