Unless you live secluded on an island, you most likely will have neighbors. There are good ones and not so good ones, and there are those who will try your last nerve. If your neighbor is bothering you, there are steps you can take to resolve the issue.
One of the first things to look at is the rules of your neighborhood – if you live under a homeowners’ association, and the laws of the city in which you live. If you have a homeowners’ association, look at that to see if some of the problems can be solved without much issue. Also, find the laws of the city in which you live, there may be ordinances that address your particular issue.
If you have a boundary line dispute with a neighbor, get a survey done so you will both know the legal property lines.
Unlike cities, counties don’t have nearly as many rules. In other words, if you live in a county setting, you can do pretty much what you want to with your property as long as it is legal.
Barking dogs and tree droppings are common problems we read about when discussing nuisance neighbors, but by far are not the only ones. One homeowner says her backyard neighbor had planted bamboo that was beginning to encroach on her property. What should she do? According to the law, she has the right to stop the growth of the plant. As long as she doesn’t cross the property line, she can do what it takes to keep the bamboo out of her own yard.
Bottom line, if you’re having problems with a neighbor – attempt to solve the problem before it escalates to violence, and before you end up before a judge. Mediation is a great way to solve problems that may seem unsolvable, and to keep you out of court.
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