What Can You Do When a Neighbour Is Causing Damage to Your Property?
If you’re lucky enough, you have friendly neighbors who are there for you in difficult situations. Sometimes, though, you’ll end up next to neighbors that are plain obnoxious.
What can you do when a neighbor is causing damage to your property? This article will show you how to handle bad neighbors legally.
If you have a reason to suspect that the damage to your property was caused by your neighbor, you need to know how to recognize that kind of damage. Check out the table below for details:
|Broken window||A broken window can be a result of many things, such as bad weather, but your neighbor can also cause this damage.
Here are some possible scenarios:
|Cracked garden path||
|Damage caused by trees or pets||
|Water damage||You may live in a house with a yard, and your neighbor’s water runoff flooded your garden.
You can also live in an apartment, and your upstairs neighbor flooded theirs, which resulted in damages to your ceiling
Any type of damage that your neighbor caused on purpose must be proven. If you notice your neighbor damaged your property purposefully, immediately start documenting the damage so you can file a complaint against them.
Before taking any drastic measures, try talking to your neighbor—they might be open for discussion. You can follow these steps to approach your neighbor in a friendly manner:
- Be patient and sympathetic
- Go over to your neighbor when you know they’re at home, but be careful not to go during inappropriate hours
- Be calm but assertive when talking to your neighbor—you want to be friendly but not too lenient
- Inform your neighbor that the damage occurred
- Take your neighbor to the damaged area
- Start negotiating on the compensation you seek
- Check with your neighbor if they’re insured and whether their insurance might cover your damage
- Be polite and friendly—you don’t need to start a dispute with your neighbor if there’s no need for it
If your neighbor refuses to pay for the damage, but it is their responsibility, it’s time to take some further action, like sending a demand letter with DoNotPay.
DoNotPay can resolve your issues with neighbors in minutes. After you sign up for DoNotPay, you’ll be able to access our Neighbor Complaints product and send a demand letter to your neighbor with the following contents:
- The details of your complaint
- Arbitration notice
- The amount of compensation you seek
- Warning of further legal action you might take
When you open DoNotPay, follow these steps to create a demand letter:
- Enter Report a Neighbor into the search field
- Choose which type of issue you’re having
- Give details about your complaint—whether you’ve tried talking to your neighbor, what the date when the damage occurred was, etc.
After you finish these three steps that will take you less than five minutes, DoNotPay will generate your demand letter and mail it to your neighbor on your behalf.
You can turn to DoNotPay for help when it comes to other troubles with neighbors. Some of the questions we can help you answer include:
- How to stop neighbor’s dog from barking
- What to do about neighbors that have loud sex
- What to do about a neighbor who leaves their dog outside all day
- How to get revenge on bad neighbors
- What to do about drug dealing neighbors
- How to deal with a psycho neighbor
- What to do about a neighbor encroaching on your property
If you access our learning center, you can find out even more or let DoNotPay solve your problems right away.
Suing your neighbor for the damage depends on the circumstances under which the damage occurred. If you can prove that the damage was your neighbor’s fault, you can sue them.
Try going to their insurance provider before going to court because the court will involve hefty fees and costly lawyers. You may want to consider your other options before taking your neighbor to court.
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