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Legal Tips for Settling Disputes with Neighbours

Settling disputes with neighbours is easier said than done. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent disputes before they even happen. When that happens, you’re left to clean up the mess, which will cost you a lot of money.

When settling disputes with neighbours, there’s a good chance you will run into at least one challenging situation at some point. It doesn’t matter where you live—neighbours arguing over trash can placement is a perfectly normal thing. Part of what makes a relationship between neighbours—or neighbours and a landlord or tenant—so complex is that we live and work nearby, so we aren’t just dealing with people we “know.”

Here Are the Tips for Dispute of Neighbours

Attempt a Friendly Approach

It can be stressful when two neighbours get into a disagreement. When the problem involves property, it can quickly escalate and turn into a legal issue. Try a friendly approach first to ensure your dispute doesn’t morph into a lawsuit.

Disturbances 

If you live in an apartment building, chances are good that you’ll get along with most of your neighbours. Disagreements between neighbours, however, are a common occurrence. Sometimes disagreements involve simple conflicts over things like noise, parking, or pets, but other times disputes get complicated. Try resolving conflicts within yourself before approaching any law professional. Also, ensure that you are not causing any disturbance that could affect your neighbours.

Animals that are dangerous or mistreated

Animals can be a source of great joy in our lives. On the other hand, they can also be a source of conflict and frustration. If your neighbour’s dog keeps barking, or they run their cat through the yard all day long, or you have a pet that bites or growls at children and people, you may have a legal claim against your neighbour.

Disputes over property lines

The neighbour built a house of their choice that is on your property line, and your neighbour refuses to move the structure back to their original property line. At this point, you can discuss your options with a professional lawyer with expertise in real estate.

Illegal behaviour

The key to avoiding these fights is knowing your rights as a tenant and neighbour and your rights as a property owner. The first thing you should understand, as a tenant, is that your landlord is legally obligated to repair any dangerous conditions on the property. If not, you can file a lawsuit against the landlord.

Dangerous trees

Many of us are friendly with our neighbours, but we’re also more than willing to fight over the smallest issues, like a parking space or a fence. However, not all neighbour disputes are such minor disagreements. Sometimes, neighbours are forced to come face-to-face over more serious issues, such as dangerous trees which could harm property as well as kids.

Disputes among property owners over a boundary, an easement, and property lines are common. In most cases, disputes can be settled through negotiation, but in some cases, it may be necessary for you to file legal action. You would be wise to consult with an attorney to help you with this process.

In most cases, you should consult an attorney prior to resolving a dispute with your neighbour. In a small number of cases, such as noise, the problem can be resolved informally. In most other situations, however, you will need to obtain the advice and counsel of an experienced attorney experienced in land use law.

We live in a world where we are constantly on our phones, checking emails, playing games, and updating social media. Unfortunately, sometimes this attention leads us to overlook our neighbours’ actions, and we end up dealing with disputes with our neighbours that we wish we hadn’t. We can help prevent many of these disputes before they even start by being aware of our rights and trying to resolve the issues through discussions.