Choosing to rent rather than buy your home doesn't mean you need to deal with problem neighbors who interfere with your peace and quiet or other use of the home. In fact, a tenant has the same rights as a homeowner. In addition, your landlord may be required to help.
Your Lease May Entitle You to "Quiet Enjoyment"
In most cases your lease will include a clause that entitles you to quiet enjoyment of your rental property. When a neighbor causes problems, such as parking in your assigned spot, blocking the entrance to your apartment, or allowing a dog to run around without a leash, you're not able to quietly enjoy your home. Have your landlord try to resolve the problem, if you think it might help. If your landlord refuses to help, you may be able to legally break your lease.
Contact Your Neighbor's Landlord for Help
If your troublesome neighbor rents from a different landlord, consider contacting that landlord as well. Depending on where you live, your neighbor's landlord may have a legal responsibility to take action. But if your problems fall on deaf ears, it may be time to take matters into your own hands and file a lawsuit against your neighbor, your neighbor's landlord, or both.
Call the Police When Neighbors Are Noisy
Renters who live in condominium and apartment complexes share common walls. Often, they complain of noise problems with neighbors. Regardless of the thickness of the walls, you don't have to put up with loud music or frequent parties, especially late at night or early in the morning. Call the local police with your noise complaint and ask them to pay your neighbor a visit.
If the loud noise continues, and your landlord has been no help, you may need a court to intervene before you're able to enjoy your space and sleep through the night.
You Need to Have Evidence
When you decide that a lawsuit is the only way to resolve the problem with your neighbor, you need to have proof by the time you go to court. For example, if noise is the problem, you should keep a diary of the date and time when your neighbor is loud. If the problem is their improperly parked car or unleashed dog, taking photos can help you make your case.
A Real Estate Lawyer Can Help
The law surrounding troublesome neighbors in rental property is complicated. Plus, the facts of each case are unique. This article provides a brief, general introduction to the topic. For more detailed, specific information, please contact a real estate lawyer.