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Can you keep a disagreement from escalating to a dispute?

When you move into your new neighborhood in Seattle, the excitement of being in your new home may overshadow your concerns about meeting your new neighbors at first. However, with time, chances are you will notice the people who live in your neighborhood, especially those who live immediately around you. If a disagreement surfaces, what can you do to prevent it from turning into a full-on dispute?

Disagreements between neighbors

If you are like most homeowners in Washington State, you try to get along with your neighbors. Some people are fortunate to create close and long-lasting friendships with neighbors that continue even after they no longer live near each other. Others have cordial relationships with neighbors that do not extend beyond that, yet they manage to make living near each other pleasant and positive for all. Unfortunately, there are some people who end up having difficulties with neighbors.

What can I do if my neighbor has junk all over outside?

Neighbors with piles of junk in their yard is a universal problem that not only occurs in Washington but also occurs around the country. This issue can be cause for concern for a couple very big reasons. First, it attracts vermin and bugs. Second, it lowers the property values in the neighborhood. If you have a neighbor whose home is unkempt, is there anything you can do?

Property line disputes: finding the peace

Most Seattle residents worry little over issues such as property disputes, but to some, they are an incredible nuisance. What could result in an otherwise reasonable conversation can easily escalate into misunderstandings and, worse, arguments over boundaries. How common is it for a neighbor to cross the line, and what do most residents do to resolve the problems? 

Learning about neighbors before moving in

Many people in Washington State know that a person can find their dream home in their dream neighborhood but that does not guarantee they will find their dream neighbors. To some extent, there may be no way for a homeowner to completely prevent ending up next to or near a neighbor they have challenges getting along with. That said, there are some things they can do to potentially reduce the chances of this happening.

Resolving boundary disputes

People in Seattle may often envision boundary disputes between neighbors devolving into some form of "Hatfields-vs.-McCoys"-type of feud. Few disputes ever go that far, yet still, they can involve a good deal of emotion (often manifested in vitriol). After all, people take great pride in their homes and properties, and thus are fiercely protective of them. If, however, a dispute over property boundaries does arise, the hope is that cooler heads will prevail and the matter can be resolved easily. Even the law has been structured to be help facilitate such resolutions. 

Neighbor conflicts: how to find peace

Finding the perfect home sweet home can come with endless benefits: a nice yard or balcony, a short work commute and interior decorating are only a few of the perks. When a Seattle resident has settled into the ideal pad, it may seem as if nothing could get in the way of enjoying the new place. All of that joy can dissolve in an instant when an obnoxious neighbor enters the picture.

Common factors in neighbor disputes

Whether you are a seasoned homeowner or a brand-new homeowner in Washington State, you will no doubt come to learn that getting along with your neighbors is not always as easy as you would wish. Sometimes you will get lucky and develop a close and lifelong friendship with the people near you. Other times, however, you and your neighbors will find yourselves with competing interests. Resolving those situations can get tricky.

Protecting yourself against unruly neighbors

If you have ever lived next to, across the street or even down the street from neighbors that make you cringe or interfere with your ability to enjoy your home and environment, you are not alone. Many people in Washington State have experienced the same thing. In a way, neighbors are like family members in that you cannot pick them but you are left figuring out how to deal with them.

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