Tips for settling Disputes with your Neighbors.
J. Scott Rutter frequently hears from potential and current members involved in a dispute with a neighbor. The first step toward resolving a dispute is to understand the laws where you live. If you need assistance resolving a dispute with a neighbor call your LegalShield provider law firm and speak with an attorney.
- Try a Friendly Approach – You may avoid turning a disagreement with your neighbor into a prolonged legal battle by starting with a friendly conversation. Speak with your neighbor calmly about your concerns and together you may come up with a resolution that works well for everyone. Remember, it is likely you will be living next to this person for a long time and starting with a civil conversation may make things much easier.
- Disturbances – We all expect to have some peace and quiet in our own home, particularly at night. Many localities have noise ordinances that dictate specific hours for quiet. These hours may be extended on the weekends. If talking with your neighbor is unsuccessful, your LegalShield provider law firm may be able to draft a letter on your behalf informing the neighbor of the local noise restrictions. If this too is unsuccessful, you should contact local law authorities to file a noise complaint.
- Dangerous or Mistreated Animals – A dangerous animal can cause you to fear for your family’s safety. It may be heartbreaking to see an animal abused or mistreated. In some localities animal matters may be handled by the police, while others may have a dedicated animal control department. Find out the rules where you live and if necessary file a report or formal complaint. If an animal has injured you call your LegalShield provider law firm.
- Property Line Disputes – Disputes over the exact location of a property line can become contentious and may require a great deal of expert research to resolve. This may include surveying the property and locating old deeds or property records, some of which may be conflicting. If you are involved in a dispute over a property line, contact your LegalShield provider law firm.
- Illegal Activity – Avoid confrontation with a neighbor you believe is involved in illegal activity. In such circumstances, you should contact local law enforcement. If you fear retribution from a neighbor, you may file an anonymous report. Always confirm with law enforcement that your report will be anonymous.
- Dangerous Trees – At best a half dead tree or large limb swaying dangerously close to your house may keep you up at night; at worst it could cause injury or property damage. Laws about fallen or dangerous trees vary greatly in different localities. Contact your LegalShield provider law firm to learn more about the laws where you live.
- Home Owners Association (HOA) – If you live in a neighborhood governed by an HOA, many common issues may already be addressed in the bylaws. HOA bylaws may contain rules about noise, building on your property and pets. Some bylaws may even require mediation to resolve disputes between neighbors. If you need assistance reviewing your HOA bylaws contact your LegalShield provider law firm.