Neighbor Disputes

At some point in your life, you will have to deal with a noisy neighbor or confront any other distasteful actions committed by your neighbor.

Many people have been charged with violence, trespass, and other offenses committed in retaliation against a neighbor’s actions. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should hire a bail bonds company to help you with bail pending the hearing of your case. If you haven’t had a run in with your neighbor, read on for some of the reasons for neighbor disputes, and ways to resolve them.

Reasons for Disputes

One of the causes for neighbor disputes is changing views. For example, a tree on your neighbor’s property may grow to the extent that it blocks the natural sunshine or it hinders your view. In such instances, your first course of action should be to request your neighbor to cut off the tree or to remove whatever is blocking your view. The property owner has no right to tell the neighbor to cut off or alter the tree except if there is a Homeowners’ Association rule, or local ordinance regarding the matter.


If water runs off from your neighbor’s property because of snow or rain, you cannot take legal action against them. However, if your neighbor implements any grading or project that causes water damage to your property, you can hold your neighbor responsible for damages. Many homeowners’ insurance covers cater for this kind of negligence.


Homeowner’s Associations, local ordinances, nuisance laws, and health codes do not allow an unmaintained yard. In some cases, after sufficient notice, the Homeowner’s Association may hire the services of a landscaper to clean up the property at the homeowner’s cost.

Structural Changes

Structural changes or additions are capable of ruining your view or lowering the value of a property. Building departments and local zoning institutions require certain rules to be adhered to when making structural or building changes. If your neighbor makes structural changes in accordance with these legal standards, there is nothing you can do. However, you can take your complaint to CC &R and Homeowners Associations if the change is cosmetic and hideous.


The laws on parking are provided by ordinances and local laws, and enforced by local municipality. When your neighbor parks their car on your property without requesting for your permission, the car may be regarded as abandoned and towed by your order. Unsightly recreation vehicles or broken cars parked aimlessly on property may amount to a violation of zoning codes or Homeowner’s Association standards. Before you take any action, you should attempt to convince your neighbor to remove the vehicle. If you go ahead and take measures to remove a vehicle on a shared driveway, you need to have a written agreement that entails an agreement for sharing towing and maintenance costs.

Home Business

Nowadays, many people are opting to be self-employed and to work from home rather than seek employment outside. As a result, home based businesses involve a lot of traffic congestion, unwelcome smells, noise, and neighborhood upheaval. Home businesses should be established in accordance with local ordinances. Although some ordinances require a person to obtain a license, others may prevent businesses to be run in residential property. You can only lay a claim against your neighbor if their business is not lawful established.


Many disputes between neighbors arise due to noise. Excessive noise is a misdemeanor violation. Law enforcement officers can be summoned to close down a noisy event. Valuing the amount of damages for noise violations is a difficult endeavor. However, you can ask the judge to only offer probation on condition that the violator refrains from making excessive noise.

The other safeguard against noisy neighbors is renting or leasing property that has an agreement known as quiet enjoyment. This covenant will ensures that your landlord steps in to enforce quite enjoyment which may include controlling a noisy neighbor.

As long as you lease or rent residential property, neighbor disputes are inevitable. Taking the law into your own hands when a neighbor violates your rights as a tenant can have adverse consequences. It is important to educate yourself about the local ordinances, Homeowner’s Association rules, or any other laws that include your rights as a tenant. While sometimes the best way to end a dispute is through a peaceful settlement, there are cases when you will be required to take legal action about your troublesome neighbor.

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