Neighbors are peaceful, and all perceive things the same way. Right?
Well not always. Whether you live in a single-family, condominium or townhome homeowner’s association tension may arise and neighbor-to-neighbor conflict can occur.
It may be a barking dog, loud music at night or a neighbor’s trash blowing into your yard. Diversified Association Management understands this occurs even with the best intention. Here are a few tips in handling neighbor-to-neighbor conflict when you live in a HOA:
1. Talk to your neighbor! At times homeowners may not know that they are doing something that bothers you. Reach out to your neighbor and engage in friendly conversation. They may not be aware of the problem, so come from an open and agreeable mindset. Also, bring a solution to the table. That way conversation is focused on how to solve the issue.
2. When talking to your neighbor face-to-face does not resolve the problem, the next step is to look at your HOA’s governing documents, as well as city/county ordinances. There may be restrictions in place such as required landscape maintenance or noise nuisances. Take this information to your neighbor first, and explain the wish to resolve it together opposed to taking it up with the HOA or other authorities.
3. If all else fails, and the issue fails to follow the HOA’s governing documents or city/county ordinances, contact the proper authority. The homeowner’s association can typically address complaints such as pet waste, noise disturbances, etc. and even the local police department is able to enforce noise after certain hours or illegally parked vehicles. Diversified Association Management does recommend that this is a last resort option.
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