People in Washington State who have ever encountered a challenging neighbor know that it can be tough to know exactly how to deal with a problem that involves the person living next door to them. While most people make efforts to be civil, at least initially, tensions can flare and situations can become very unpleasant or even dangerous. That is what ended up happening in one dispute between two neighbors in Puyallup in Pierce County recently.
People who live in Washington State and who experience challenges with their neighbors often wonder what type of recourse they may have or how they can protect themselves. In an ideal world, neighbors would be able to cooperate and resolve their differences amicably and in person. Unfortunately, that does not always happen and legal action is taken. The reasons that lead to this can vary dramatically.
Whether you own your own home or rent your home in Washington State, you most likely want to enjoy the area in which you live. Everyone has different standards for how they live and what they consider acceptable or desirable but there are some actions or behaviors that most people universally would agree can be frustrating to live next to or near.
For many residents in Washington State, having a cat or a dog is a normal and joyous part of life. The companionship that a pet can bring to an individual or a family has been proven to be positive by many researchers and other experts. However, not everyone likes dogs or cats and sometimes these animals can become the subject of neighborly disputes.
Sidewalks are often a part of your real estate that you do not give much thought to until something goes wrong with them. At that point, you may wonder who is responsible for them? This really depends on the rules and regulations that the city of Seattle has put into place. There are many ways the rights and responsibilities of sidewalks are divided up between you and the city.
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.