Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Legally Abate A Nuisance

Fences really do make good neighbors.

Is your next-door neighbor a nuisance? If so, you probably put up with an array of things such as loud music, stray pets and double parked cars. Naturally, you want this person to move away, but, of course, he is dead set on staying in the neighborhood. So how do you legally abate the nuisance in your life? Do it by dealing with this person head on and with the understanding that he is ignorant. Therefore, it’s up to you to show him the errors of his way. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Ask the person to stop being a nuisance. Do it respectfully and close to the time of the incident. Be sure to explain why the behavior is bothering you because your neighbor may not understand why. Also, be sure to write down on a calendar the date and time of your confrontation because it might come in handy in the future.

2. Call for a neighborhood meeting and lay down a few rules. Let your neighbors know in advance that you’d like to create a few rules for the neighborhood. Then, bring up what’s been bothering you. Nine times out of ten, the other neighbors will agree with you and it will put pressure on the one neighbor who’s being a nuisance.

3. Alter your house. If your neighbor likes to sunbathe in the nude and you don’t want your children to see it, put up a big fence. It won’t stop your neighbor from sunbathing in the nude, but it will keep you and your family from seeing it.

4. Report the nuisance’s behavior to the police. This should be your last resort, but for people who don’t like to listen, it is a deterrent. Make sure you do it when the incident is going on and after you’ve spoken to the person about it more than once.

5. File a suit. Speak to your attorney and explain what is going on. There are a lot of laws on the books to deal with nuisances who won’t stop. A day in court might make yours change his ways.

6. Move. If your neighbor is really out of control and there is nothing you can do, it may be time to move. Just be sure that you check out the climate of your new neighborhood before sign on the dotted line. Do a drive by at night and on a weekend to see what people really act like when they are off the clock.

Tags: your neighbor, being nuisance, this person