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Nasty neighbors?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis  September 3, 2013 09:47 AM

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If you are having a beef with your next-door neighbor, well you are hardly alone.

In fact, four out of ten Americans in a recent survey by Findlaw's Real Estate Center reported having a dispute of some sort with one of their neighbors.

Roughly half of those with neighbor problems cited noise, according to a summary of the survey's findings on HomeActions website, where I found the survey.

Problem pets and naughty children were the second and third leading trigger for disputes between neighbors, cited by 29 percent and 21 percent, respectively, of the survey's respondents.

Living next to a neighbor with a rundown house or who has a problem keeping a lid on his trash cans is another big source of complaints, cited by 18 percent.

Another 17 percent say they have had it out with a neighbor over a boundary dispute, while 8 percent are worried they are living next to door to a potential criminal.

I am surprised battles over trees aren't on the list. Findlaw has a whole section of legal disputes with your neighbors, and the legal issues involving trees - such as whether you have a right to stop a neighbor from whipping out his chainsaw - are prominently highlighted.

Go figure. Anyway, half of those who say they have had a problem with a neighbor simply tried to resolve it by having a chat, followed by 27 percent who called the police.

That's compared to 11 percent who wrote an email, and 4 percent who took "other action."

I am not sure I want to know what "other action" means in this context, but it doesn't sound good!


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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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