Dealing with difficult neighbours


If you’re living in the most serene town, with a beautiful view of the neighbouring houses, it can quickly turn into a nightmare if your live next door to the worst kind of people. Awful neighbours can break your peaceful mood and drive you insane, but there are ways of dealing with neighbours who simply can’t help annoy you. While you were busy working on your home loan calculators and estimating the affordability of the property, an issue with your neighbours was the last aspect on your mind.


The offenders of the worst kind:



These are screaming moms, the neighbour who can’t help but aimlessly drive and hoot down the road while their tyres squeal and, lastly, the loud music fanatics.


Careless pet owner

You don’t mind the neighbour’s dog running around, but you do mind when their dog does his business on your lawn. The frustrating part of it all is your neighbour neighbour neglecting to clean up after their dog.



This is the neighbour who lets the grass grow and neglects to clean up the front yard. At some point a line needs to be drawn. How they take care of their property is


How to handle your bad neighbours


If you’re dealing with any of the above mentioned neighbours, you’ll need to have your game plan ready to combat the stress of living next to them.


Follow these steps when you feel you need to take matters further:


1.Call up your neighbour and schedule a time to talk.


  1. If you don’t feel comfortable meeting at their house, or don’t want them to enter your home, then settle to meet on the pavement or on the property line.


  1. The last thing you want to do is accuse anyone of misdemeanor. Let them know how the problem bothers you and suggest ways to solve it together.


  1. If no compromise can be reached, set up a meeting with your ward councillor and explain the issue you have with your neighbour. Ask them to send a standard letter citing the ordinance or by-law to your neighbour. Be sure to keep a record of your complaint.


  1. As a last resort, file a complaint in court. You’ll want to keep notes on everything or take pictures of incidents that may be troublesome to you. Having evidence of your neighbour’s bad behaviour will make your case stronger.


Two wrongs don’t make a right. Don’t try to solve your issues by resorting to violence or trying to get even with your neighbour. You’ll not be solving the problem, only escalating it.