Everyone has neighbors, and where there are neighbors, there can be problems. Whether it's a barking dog, an untrimmed tree, a cluster of cars in the front yard, or a loud party, find answers about how to deal with challenging neighbors while maintaining your sanity and quality of life.
Stealing or Borrowing Wi-Fi From Your Neighbor: A Victimless Crime?
Although laws on Wi-Fi "borrowing" are still being developed, the downside of getting caught would likely outweigh the upside of saving money.
My Tree Fell on Neighbor's Garage: Who Pays?
Who is responsible, when your tree, or a branch from your tree, falls on your neighbor’s garage or fence or shed and causes serious damage?
Who gets to pick the fruit—including off the ground, over the property line?
How Can I Stop Neighbor From Growing Marijuana in Backyard?
Although several states allow a person to grow marijuana for personal use, their operation should not create a nuisance for neighbors or violate the terms of any such laws.
How Do I Stop Neighbors From Using Their House as an Airbnb or Other Type of Vacation Rental?
Tips for approaching your neighbor over annoying use of their home as a short-term rental property; and if that doesn't work, bringing in code enforcement authorities.
How Do I Stop Neighbor From Building a Second-Story Addition?
Local ordinances and permitting requirements might give you grounds on which to block a neighbor's new construction.
What Can I Do About My Neighbor’s Loud, Stinky Chicken Coop?
A range of options for dealing with smelly chickens on a nearby residential property.
Adverse Possession: When Trespassers Become Property Owners
A trespasser can sometimes gain legal ownership of land just by occupying it. Here's how.
Neighbor Built Fence Over the Property Line. Does He Now Own That Land?
The fact that your neighbors are not actively "using" the portion of your land behind their fence would not stop them from asserting an ownership claim based on adverse possession.
What's a Spite Fence and What Can I Do About the One My Neighbors Built?
If your neighbor constructs a spite fence, making the neighborhood look terrible and calling attention to the property, can you file suit?
Can Neighbor Replace Our Shared Fence and Require Me to Pay?
Shared payment for a fence is not required in every situation!
How Do I Make My Neighbor Pay for Damage Caused to My Fence?
Explaining to a neighbor that he is actually responsible for fence maintenance, either because it's a shared boundary fence or because it's shared property; and remedies if you can't convince him.
FAQs About Mediating Neighbor Disputes
Mediation is one of the most effective ways to deal with disagreements with neighbors. But how does one deal with some of the thorny details of reaching and living by a compromise?
When to Call the Cops on a Neighbor
Neighbors can engage in all sorts of activities that can annoy, bother or even scare you. But is calling the police the answer?
Texas Laws on Property Disputes Between Neighbors
Texas Tree Damage Laws In Texas, if someone damages your tree, you can recover your actual damages (usually, what you paid for the tree or what it would cost to replace the tree).
California Laws on Property Disputes Between Neighbors
California Tree Damage Laws In California, if someone damages your tree, you can recover your actual damages (usually, what you paid for the tree or what it would cost to replace the tree).
How Do I Stop Neighbors' Marijuana Smoke From Drifting Into My Child’s Bedroom?
Protecting a toddler from secondhand pot smoke.
What can a homeowner do about noisy next-door renters?
Find out what your options are if the homeowner next to you is renting their house out to noisy individuals.