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Violent neighbor dispute results in $500,000 award

Many people in Washington State have lived near a neighbor that may not have been their favorite for whatever reason at least once in their lives. Fortunately, people often find ways of dealing with difficult neighbors or accepting different opinions and styles so they can maintain peace in their neighborhoods and their homes. In some situations, however, this is not able to happen. An unfortunate example of this can be seen in the case of a prominent U.S. Senator who was actually physically attacked by his neighbor last year.

Secondhand pot smoke and your neighbors

Washington State was one of the first states in the country to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. While this has been legal now for a few years, there are still situations that arise in which people may be unsure about what might be legal or what might not be legal. In fact, these situations may be happening in any of the states that have legalized recreational pot.

Managing difficult neighbors

It is not uncommon for residents shopping for a new home in Washington State to fall in love with a particular property only to end up realizing the neighbors are anything but dreams. It is also possible that a really great neighbor leaves and a new, less desirable one, moves in. In either situation, homeowners have a few choices about how to deal with difficult neighbors or situations that are unpalatable to them.

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. 

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