Whether your neighbors have loud parties, untended pets or a yard overgrown with weeds (or if you are feeling your neighbor is unfairly pointing the finger at you), what should you do?
First, it’s important to realize that certain behaviors and events are against the law.
People can get the mentality that if on their property they should be able to do “what I want” but the truth is — and sometimes you have to explain this to people — the city has ordinances and codes that citizens are required to comply with. Because like it or not, we share our properties with our communities.
Cities and counties across the nation each have their own code enforcement departments designed to help keep peace and maintain a safe, clean environment in the community. However, codes vary dramatically by city and county, as do the events that violate them. To be sure of whether your neighbor (or you) is violating a city code, contact your city’s code enforcement department.
If you find that your complaint is in fact violating a city code, you can call and file a complaint anonymously. After repeated complaints, if the problem is still not fixed the homeowner may be charged a fine.
Are you aware that many times, people don’t even know they have violated a code or are being a nuisance? And perhaps once you notify your neighbor of the problem they may be glad they’ve been made aware of the problem.
If your feud is on-going and does not seem to be settling, the following steps may help you resolve the dispute civily:
1.Talk to your neighbor. It’s possible they are not aware their behavior is offensive to you
2.If talking doesn’t help, put your complaints in writing and send them to your neighbor. Explain the problem again and what the possible consequences may be (i.e. if the matter is in violation of a city code, that you will have to report them, etc.).
3.Keep a log of the issue; noting the date and time of each disturbance, along with the details of what occurred. Having a record may be necessary to prove your case down the line.
4.Contact your neighborhood or homeowner’s association (if you have one). There’s a good chance that if your neighbor is offending you, he or she is also offending others in the neighborhood.
Often, a feud can be settled once the offender realizes the majority of the neighborhood shares your concerns.
Never take matters into your own hands because something can always be handled through proper channels.
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