The Dos & Don'ts of Neighbor Disputes
Do talk to your neighbors.
If you are considering making a big change to your house that will make a lot of noise or building a fence that will divide your property from your neighbor's property, communicate that to your neighbor. Be neighborly and give them a heads up. This simple communication can go a long way in preventing a neighborly dispute from occurring.
Do treat others how you want to be treated.
This should be obvious, but history proves that it isn't. Treat your neighbors how you want to be treated. For example, keep the noise to a minimum if you are hosting a party. Wouldn't you want your neighbor to the same?
Do check the state and HOA laws first before expanding your property or demolishing a property.
It's extremely important that you do this first to prevent violating a law and getting into serious legal trouble.
Don't consider "calling the authorities" as your first course of action.
Most of the time, try "talking it out" first with your neighbor. See if you can come to a peaceful resolution by having a mature conversation.
Don't ignore property lines.
Ignoring property lines is probably one of the leading causes of neighbor disputes. Check your land survey before building any fences or planting any gardens that may stretch over to your neighbors land. This will save you a lot of future stress.
Don't be afraid to seek legal counsel when you need it.
If your neighbor is consistently causing you trouble, visit with one of our Camden County attorneys. We offer free consultations and are all ears.
Need a Lawyer You Can Trust With Your Neighbor Dispute Issues?
Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch is here for you. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you if you are going through a neighbor dispute that you are not quite sure how to handle. Whether it be regarding a neighbor refusing to tear down his fence because it is clearly on your side of the property line or the simple nuisance of your farm animals being disturbed, we are here to listen and help you reach the most favorable outcome possible. For a free consultation, call us at the number listed below.
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