Neighbor Disputes are a Common Problem
An average of 42% of Americans says they've been involved in a dispute with their neighbors. If you are feeling alone in this frustration – fear not.
While most neighborly arguments don't turn into epic feuds, they can be frustrating to deal with. Some can even land you in court.
We collected the top 5 disputes:
- Noise (almost half of all disputes). It can be from late night parties, music, or even different sleep schedules that result in one neighbor waking up the other. Noise is the number one way to annoy your neighbor.
- Pets and animals. Pets and animals can be hard to deal with since it is the animal that is causing the problem and not the owner. But often, the issue stems from the owner's failure to properly handle or train their animal.
- Children's behavior. Much like pets, children can run onto your property, are loud, and can even deface your property as a result of their parents not looking after them. State laws may hold parents responsible for damages.
- A visual nuisance, how the property appears, excessive trash, etc. Eyesores, such as unkempt lawns, offensive imagery, or overflowing trash cans can create tension between neighbors.
- Property boundaries. In these types of disputes, neighbors often have differing ideas about where their property begins and ends.
How do you resolve neighbor disputes?
Nearly half of residents say they've spoken to their neighbor about the issue directly. This can be the most practical and effective way to solve a dispute. As long as the issue is handled with caution and steers clear of combative or accusatory language, there is a good chance your neighbor will be fairly understanding. You can also communicate through a letter. A lawyer could help you draft this if you have a sensitive matter and want a quick resolution.
On the other hand, others have called the police, which can sometimes lead to no resolution, especially if a crime was not committed. There is also the option to complain to their homeowner's association.
Helix Law Firm can help with your neighbor disputes
We have the experience necessary to help resolve neighbor disputes as efficiently as possible. Once we know what your needs are we can help you develop a plan of action for your specific dispute.
If you're interested in learning more about how Helix can help, please call us at (619) 567-4447 to schedule a free consultation.