Everyone has experienced neighbors who occasionally blast their music too loud or believe that parking a car on bricks is the only option. Neighbor conflicts are rather typical. However, you don’t have to go above and beyond to resolve your disputes.
Your First Course of Action
The first thing you should not do is call the police or file a lawsuit. One of the simplest things to do is to try discussing the issue with your neighbor. Unbelievably, some people don’t even realize they’re bothering others. Setting up a face-to-face meeting and politely expressing your concerns to them is a smart starting step.
If it doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s time to document your grievances. You must first determine if you have a legal basis for your argument before you even start. A few options exist for where to begin. Identify the type of argument you are having before anything else: noise, a property line, a dog issue, or even parked automobiles. Get a copy of the local ordinances next. Most counties and localities have laws that deal with these problems. Second, research the rules if you reside in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s organization. It will make it very obvious what is and isn’t appropriate in the neighborhood. Take the bylaw or the ordinance, make a duplicate, and give it to your neighbor. Then, explain that you would like to resolve things without going to the authorities.
Your Next Step
Still keeping you up all night with their music? It is pretty typical for neighbors to take offense and either ignore you or do it more frequently. They may have even increased the volume a little in the instance of the noisy neighbor. It might be time to call the police at this point. When someone complains about noise, the police frequently react and warn the offender of the above mentioned noise rules.
However, it could be necessary to request mediation if the situation has grown so terrible that the police have been called. Compared to going to court, mediation is frequently less expensive and dangerous. Again, your homeowner’s organization may be a good place to start. Many of them have boards for mediation. If not, most localities provide mediation services for free or for a little cost. Simply give the agency a call, and they will arrange for an unbiased specialist to meet with both you and your neighbor. They’ll assist you in reaching your own compromise. Some may even arrange the mediation’s time and location for you, saving you the trouble of having to phone your neighbor.
They still aren’t listening
Most sane individuals will have figured out how to live in harmony by this point. However, you can have a neighbor or someone you live close to that is exceptionally challenging. Small claims court might be an alternative in this situation. You’ll get their interest and perhaps even a little cash this way.
One More Thing
The majority of states assert that you have the right to “quiet or peaceful enjoyment” of your house, whether you’re renting or purchasing. If their loudness or other actions prevent you from enjoying your land, you can sue them for annoyance. You might ask for damages for the loss of this enjoyment in the litigation. Even the fiercest neighbor should hesitate at the thought of losing money.