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Love thy neighbor? It may be more like "love thy neighbor dispute." According to a new FindLaw.com survey, 42% of Americans say they've been involved in a dispute with their neighbors.
While most neighborly arguments don't turn into Hatfield v. McCoy-type feuds, they can still be difficult to deal with. Some can even land you in court.
So what are the Top 5 types of neighbor disputes, and what are the best ways to resolve them?
According to FindLaw's survey, neighbor disputes are most often triggered by:
So how do neighbors typically go about resolving their disputes?
Nearly half -- 49% -- 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% -- say they've called the police, which can sometimes be inefficient, especially if no crime is involved. Another 15% 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% of survey respondents have done. An experienced lawyer can help with the wording of your letter if the issue is particularly sensitive and hopefully get you to a quick resolution.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.