When you own your home, you often plan on living there for a long time. Good relations with your neighbors can make that time enjoyable. But sometimes the actions of a neighbor interfere with your ability to enjoy your home. If you need to take action, the law is usually on your side.
Dealing with Noise Issues
Maybe your neighbor hosts loud parties, mows the lawn before sunrise, or constantly wakes you up in the middle of the night with loud music. You don't have to tolerate this. If asking your neighbor nicely to keep things down doesn't work, you can call the police.
If the problem persists, contact your local government to learn more about noise ordinances. If the law is being broken, you can file a case in your local court against the neighbor. Sometimes, simply having your lawyer send a warning letter can be effective.
Pruning Trees that Cross the (Property) Line
That skinny sapling your neighbor planted 20 years ago is now a large tree with no respect for the lot line. Leaves clog up your gutter, fruit from intrusive branches falls on your law, the sun's rays no longer reach your solar collector.
What can you do? You cannot go onto your neighbor's property without permission and cut down the tree. Depending on where you live, you may not even have the right to cut the branches that extend into your yard. If your neighbor isn't so neighborly, your only option may be to settle the dispute in court.
Take Care of Border Disputes Quickly
Good fences make good neighbors. When your neighbor's fence encroaches on and captures some of your property, take action to correct this. If you wait too long, most states will allow your neighbor to become the legal owner of the property now inside the fence. Take quick legal action.
Your Homeowners Association May Help
If your home is in a managed community, the HOA board may intervene and try to resolve any disputes that arise with a neighbor. If your homeowners association is unable to solve your problem, you can still send your neighbor a legal warning, call the police, and even file a lawsuit.
A Real Estate Lawyer Can Help
The law surrounding relationships with neighbors can be 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.