Having neighbors can be one of the most rewarding and challenging parts of home ownership. When you live near other people there are sure to be disputes from time to time but with respectful relationship building, you can avoid some of those issues. Understanding where property disputes often take place can help you prepare for and avoid those disputes.
Loud noises in the neighborhood are one of the most common disputes between neighbors. In most areas there are noise ordinances that prohibit loud noises during certain hours of the night, usually from dark till dawn. Noises outside of those times can cause contention and be the source of a dispute. Noises during quiet hours can become more serious and potentially involve the police. To avoid this kind of conflict, be respectful of your neighbors and work to keep noise to a reasonable level. If your neighbor is loud, try talking to them first but if they continue to break the noise ordinance you may need to file an official complaint.
Overhanging Tree Limbs
Overhanging limbs can cause big problems between neighbors. If you have a tree that overhangs in your neighbor’s yard, they need your permission to cut it down, but it is a good idea for you to take care of pruning issues yourself. If you don’t take care of overhanging branches on a neighbor’s property, you can be liable for damage it causes. If your neighbor has branches that hang into your yard, work to resolve the issue with them as well. Usually, this kind of problem is an easy fix, so try to talk to your neighbor calmly and they will likely oblige.
Another sore spot between neighbors can be pets. Whether a pet makes loud noises, escapes the yard, or their messes aren’t cleaned on neighbors’ yards, tensions can get high. Do your best to look after your animal and prevent neighborhood pet disputes. Be respectful of your neighbors and be sure to communicate if their pet is causing a problem. Through good communication you can usually avoid escalating a dispute.
Though property disputes can become a big problem for neighbors, most of them can be avoided by building relationships with your neighbors. Good communication and neighborly behavior can go a long way towards preventing major property issues and keeping tempers low when issues do arise.