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Top 5 Neighbor Disputes and How to Resolve Them

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By Betty Wang

A visual nuisance, the property’s appearance, trash, etc. (18 percent). Many eyesores, such as unkempt lawns, offensive signs, or overflowing trash cans can lead to ill will between neighbors.

Property boundaries (17 percent). In these types of disputes, neighbors often have misconceptions about where their property begins and ends.

So how do neighbors typically go about resolving their disputes?

Nearly half – 49 percent — say they’ve gone with a direct approach, and have discussed the issue with their neighbor. This may be the most practical and effective way to solve the problem. As long as the issue is handled with caution and not delivered in a way that is combative or accusatory, your neighbor should be fairly understanding.

Then again, more than 1 in 4 — 27 percent — say they’ve called the police, which can sometimes be inefficient, especially if no crime is involved. Another 15 percent say they’ve complained to their homeowners’ association or other neighborhood group.

Yet another way to resolve neighbor disputes is by sending a letter, note, or email, which 11 percent of survey respondents have done.

For more information, visit www.findlaw.com.

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