There is nothing quite like having neighbors. Unless you are best friends with the people that live immediately around you, it will undoubtedly take time for you to get to know who lives in the homes next door and across the street from you in Seattle. At Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC, we have been actively involved in helping people to solve disputes that have occurred between themselves and their neighbors.
One of the things that draws many people to the Pacific Northwest is the proliferation of greenery and trees. This is something people are willing to tolerate rainy Washington State weather for in many cases. However, while having beautiful trees line a neighborhood and back yard is often desired, a tree can quickly become a sore spot between neighbors. Limbs from a tree in one yard may cascade over to an adjacent yard and the roots can travel into a neighbor's yard or even plumbing.
You may prefer to limit your interactions with your Washington neighbors to a friendly wave. When neighbors cause water damage to your home, though, a wave typically will not fix the situation. It is important to know how you should handle these scenarios so you can get the damage fixed as peacefully as possible.
The necessity of clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks can pose problems for Washington homeowners. Once removed, the snow has to go somewhere, but neighbors must be careful not to allow the excess to wind up on adjoining properties. It can be a contentious process, one that is best resolved through diplomatic means. However, such a dispute recently erupted into a violent confrontation between two men, one of whom went to jail briefly on assault charges.
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.
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.
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.
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?
While a famous poet once wrote that "good fences make good neighbors," we at Riach Gese Jacobs believe that this is not necessarily true. Sometimes a fence may lead to a dispute 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.