Dealing with nasty neighbors can be enough to drive even the most peaceful person to the brink.
The four big offenders in the world of nasty neighbors and tips on how to deal with them.
- The slob: Like the neighbor that lets the grass grow and leaves trash cans out days after pickup.
- The careless pet owner: That neighbor who leaves “you know what” around the neighborhood.
- The extreme weirdos: Drunks, drug dealers, and the neighbor that never says anything.
- The property line fanatics: Someone who trims boundary trees and then sends you the bill.
HOW TO SPOT THEM
- Talk with the local store owners. They’re always the first to tell you who the pains are, who stiffed them, and who’s involved in a lawsuit.
- Look for the signs. Basketball hoops, skateboard ramps, and trampolines are all tell-tale signs of the racket-maker.
- Watch and listen. Keep your ears peeled for barking and unleashed neighborhood dogs.
- Poke around the town clerk’s office. This is an easy way to find out which neighbors have filed for what, like permits for building a house extension over the next 12 months or a new pool.
- Take a cyberspace tour on ‘Google Street View’ to check out the area. Zoom in on empty lots and backyards that look like a landfill.
- Check on-line registries. Do this to uncover the location of any local sex offenders.
HANDLE BAD NEIGHBORS
Don’t accuse; let them know how the problem bothers you and suggest ways to solve it together.
If that doesn’t work, check out local noise and disturbance ordinances and write a personal letter. Be sure to offer a solution.
Consult your condo or block association. Ask them to send a standard letter citing the ordinance or by-law. A condominium association’s right of first refusal is a little-known clause that can be used to buy your neighbor out.
Should that fail, call your local precinct. Keep a record of your complaint.
Call in an expert mediator. (To find a mediator, check with your local courthouse, police precinct, or bar association).
For the property line fanatic, walk the property line together to determine what belongs to whom; consider having the property surveyed to nip the problem in the bud.
As a last resort, file a complaint in court.
How do you dealing with nasty neighbors? Please send us a your suggestions.
Oliver & Kim