Summer is a wonderful time that most people enjoy thoroughly. This is time we get to do all sorts of fun and enjoyable things outdoors while enjoy the sun. From relaxing out in the open, taking a dip in the swimming pool, and having barbecues we get to do it all. However, when you live in close proximity to others – whether it is a block of flats, residential complexes, or freestanding houses. There are instances where our neighbour’s outdoor summer activities can be loud, disruptive and downright annoying. Neighbours can sometimes drive us nuts and be very difficult to deal with. Read on if you are wondering how to go about dealing with pesky neighbours.
Every society has rules and regulations that govern the interaction of neighbours and promote amicable co-existence of communities. In addition, most municipalities, housing or residential complexes have guidelines that clearly set out and govern how communities should conduct themselves. Regardless of this there are just times when neighbours fail to see eye-to-eye and more formal action is required.
Assess what is bothering
To start with it is important to ascertain what exactly about your neighbours is bothering you. Are your neighbours noisy, or have they caused damage to your property in any way? Before you take formal action, consider talking to your neighbours and resolving the issue amicably. However, if the situation cannot be resolved in a peaceful or satisfactory manner then do not hesitate to act.
Consider your behaviour and lifestyle
Take a moment to contemplate if you have been a good neighbour and how your lifestyle has had an impact on others. Keep in mind that if you are noisy and messy then your neighbours may not be so accommodating if you are to complain about their habits.
Talk to your other neighbours
Take the time to consult with other neighbours to ascertain if they are also having issues with the neighbour in question. If there are other neighbours that seem to have the same issues with the problematic neighbour then your concerns are justified. Under such circumstances it is best to take collective action against the neighbour. When you approach the offending neighbour, it is essential to talk to them diplomatically and reasonably.
Most people tend to be appreciative when they not only receive criticism but are also presented with alternatives. As such, be creative in how you approach your neighbour and how you put your argument forward. You can go the extra mile and take matters into your own hands if it is something that you handle. For example, if your neighbour’s pets continuously come into your yard then consider erecting a fence or other barrier to deter them.
Lodging a complaint against your neighbours
Ensure that you take note of every incident or occurrence. Be sure to jot down the date, time, and nature of complaint. Also, document and keep a record of all attempts to rectify the issue. Keep a record of all correspondences between you and your neighbour.
Check local ordinances
There are local ordinances, laws and guidelines that can guide you in dealing with your problematic neighbour. Check up on these and do not hesitate to get law enforcement agents involved if the situation gets out of hand. Remember that the police will respond to any complaints that you lodge in pertaining to domestic and noise disturbances.