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How To Deal With A Neighbor From Hell


Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Friday, October 1, 2021

Nothing ruins new-home enjoyment like a neighbor who rules the roost with an iron fist and an intolerance for all things fun. Or the one who causes all the dramaor all the noise. And those are just a few of the types of neighbors you hope to NOT have.nbsp;

You can read cautionary tale after cautionary tale, and get in a few laughs at the same time, on the Neighbors from Hell Instagram pagewhich is, frankly, our newest obsession. The reality is that you may not be able to avoid every neighborhood grouch when you buy a house, but you can prepare by doing your research in the areas youre considering TODAY has some good tips for that here..

And if you do end up with a neighbor whos concerning, here are some steps to take to diffuse or mend a tense or problematic situation.

Lend an ear

It may just be that your neighbor grumpiness is a call for help. Sometimes, all it takes to tame a grouch is to show a little kindness to someone who needs someeven if they dont deserve it.nbsp;

Lend a hand

Does your neighbor have an overgrown lawn, shutters with peeling paint, or siding that needs to be power washed? You might assume that theyre neglectful, but there might be a bigger problem that youre not aware of, said The Spruce. The family may be dealing with sickness, or their lawnmower broke down and they cant afford a new one.

Dont be afraid to stand up for yourself

Then again, sometimes you need to show strength to someone who isnt used to having a viable foe. While it may be easier to take the highroad, you might have to get in the muck to get the results you want.

Get support

Its always easier to achieve desired goals through joint efforts, said Rentberry. If its likely that youre not the only one unhappy about your neighbors behavior, you should check if someone else is ready to side you. This point is especially important if you decide to contact local precinct or file a complaint in court. In this case, quantity matters. The more people share your opinion, the more chances to win you have.

Get the authorities involved

If were talking about breaking laws or dealing with intimidation or harassment, you may have to escalate the situation.

Steer clear of danger

Sad but true, some neighbors are not worth getting to know wellbut its still good to know something about their dislikes and boundaries, so you dont cross them, said HGTV. In 2006, for instance, headlines were made when Charles Martin, an elderly man living in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, shot a 15-year-old boy to death because he had apparently made the error of walking across his meticulously manicured lawn.

How to handle them: Martinwho is in jailmay have been destined to snap no matter what his neighbors did or didnt do, but he was well known for the care he lavished on his lawn, and in theory, if that 15-year-old had been more aware of the kooks devotion to his lawn, it might have kept him from going anywhere near the home.



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