Annoying neighbors can make an otherwise lovely living situation seem unbearable. Your home ought to be your sanctuary. Take the power back from those who try to mess with it. Whether it’s unwelcome visits or loud music at inappropriate times to the millions of other things neighbors can do to make things difficult, there may be legal action that you can take to get them out of your hair.
The First Step
Gather all the diplomacy you can muster. Your first step will be addressing your neighbor directly. Try reasoning with your neighbor by explaining your side of the situation. If reasoning and requests don’t work, it’s time to try another approach.
Speak to your landlord as the next necessary step. Before going to your landlord, write down your grievances. Make sure that you keep records of problems as they occur, and make notes of anything that your neighbor does that could be in violations of his lease or the law. A tenant can be evicted for breaking the terms of the lease. While you may not be privy to the private lease, your landlord can keep a look out for anything if you tell him your observances.
Approach your landlord as though you are simply giving him information. If you plan on leaving at the term of your lease because of your neighbor-and you are a good tenant yourself-the landlord will likely want to do what he can to keep you residing where you are.
If you are having problems with your neighbors, it’s likely that other tenants are having problems as well. Speak to the other tenants in the building. Voice your concerns, and start a petition. You’ll need to state the specific grievance and the specific result that the residents are requesting from the landlord. Have it signed by as many residents as possible. Present the petition to the landlord. If it’s a legitimate complaint, you’re likely to then get rid of your neighbors.
For Home Renters
If you own your own property or rent a house, getting rid of bad neighbors can be even trickier. If your neighbors also own their property, they’re far less likely to be moving on any time soon. One can’t be evicted from his own property. If your neighbors are invading your rights and property, however, you can take measures to protect yourself. Put up a fence between your property and the neighbors’ if one isn’t already in place. If only for the symbolic display of personal power, your neighbors are likely to get the point.
If illegal activities are going on that puzzle you about your neighbors, make sure to go to the police. Only do so if you’re certain and if you have a sort of written record observation of what exactly has occured.