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focusedone73

44 months ago

Have you ever had a problem with your next-door neighbor? If so, how did you handle it?

For the last seven years, I have lived in a townhouse with neighbors on both sides of me. On one side are the "good" neighbors. They seem to be respectful folks. They occasionally say hello, but otherwise keep to themselves and live their lives in harmony with others. On the other side, however, is where the "problem" neighbor resides. One evening, I had just gotten out of the shower & was toweling off when I peeked out the window just in time to witness her get into the driver's seat of her sister's car, hang her head out the window, looking back at my car and accelerate in reverse, slamming into my car, sending it lurching back about a foot (with the emergency brake engaged). I was in shock! I couldn't very well run outside in my state of undress and besides, she took off! I left a note on her door informing her that I saw and HEARD what she did (yes, slamming her sister's car into mine made a LOUD noise). The next day, a note was on my door from my "problem" neighbor acknowledging merely that she "tapped bumpers". In retrospect, I should have called the police because she outright pulled a hit-and-run on my car but I was trying to be "neighborly". She hit my car hard enough to knock a fuse loose, temporarily disabling the daytime running lights. Luckily, I had automotively intelligent friends who diagnosed and corrected the problem for me. I let the issue go. That was a mistake. Since then, she has hit my car at least two more times. I have not caught her in the act. It has just been obvious when I've walked out to my car and seen the back of her car on top of the front of mine (well, with about a one millimeter air gap). On the second occurrence, I knocked on her door, since her dog had been barking, howling and crying the night before anyway, for six hours straight. I had TWO reasons to communicate with her about transgressions she was committing. When she answered the door, she appeared to be hungover. I pointed to my car and informed her that that was the SECOND time she had hit my car and I requested in a stern but respectfully-worded way, that she move her car OFF of mine. She moved her car all the way around back and into her carport (yes, she has a carport - there is no need for her to be slamming her car into anyone's or parking out front at all. I, on the other hand, do NOT have a carport. I have to park on the street.) Anyway, I said "Thank you." She responded "No problem." I thought that was the end of it - problem solved. Well, I was wrong. There was a third incident. I was walking home one night and noticed that my "problem" neighbor's car was parked on top of mine again. She was home, but she did not answer when I knocked on her door repeatedly, in increasing volume. I called the police. They took a good half hour or so to arrive and told me that there was nothing that they could do about it. They said that it was "rude" of her to park so close to my car, but technically, it wasn't illegal since there were no lines on the road marking individual parking spots. There was one millimeter air gap between the front of my car and the back of hers! Her car was parked diagonally, with the front end about a foot and a half from the curb! He said he could knock on her door and ask her to move, but that it would probably provoke her to park even closer next time. Was he blind? How much closer could she park? One half of a millimeter? He said that I had to catch her in the act of hitting my car and report her then. Other transgressions my "problem" neighbor committed were to lead her dog to use my lawn as a toilet (she is the ONLY person in the neighborhood who, for some reason, gets away with letting her dog run around unleashed and she does NOT use a pooper scooper and bag up the poop). So, I contacted animal control about that a year and a half ago. It stopped for a while, then started up again. Recently, I witnessed three occasions in which my "problem" neighbor's dog was outside unleashed, attacking neighbors' leashed dogs as the walked by, the last instance involving a small child. Since then, I have not seen much of my "problem" neighbor. The other day I did hear her screeching, squawking pet bird, but I did not see her. That bird has been the loudest of all of her noise pollution. It emits ear-piercing screeches and constantly squawks for hours on end.
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Cntrysky

  44 months ago
I never had a problem with a next door neighbor before personally. My parents had a problem with their neighbor. The neighbor was threatening them that he will kill their cats. He claimed that the cats go into his garden. My father took a look at his garden and the droppings left behind not from a cat. They had some choice words between the two of them one time ago and surprisingly now they seem to get along. Perhaps later on in life I'll end up living in a house next door the a neighbor from hell. I sure hope this doesn't happen though.
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jljmugs

  44 months ago
Maybe you should become a bad neighbor for a night if you know what i mean.
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jmon

  44 months ago
Wow, and I thought I have had bad neighbors before.....None like your lady neighbor. That woman is despicable. I would be furious also. Can you park somewhere else, away from her????? If she wants to park next to you, then you should switch and use her carport (if it is close). But I doubt she'd like that either. As far as the dog problem goes, I would be tempted to rake up a big old pile and place them by her front door......Think she'd get the hint then???? Boy, for your sake, I hope she moves!!!!
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bubblegum881

  44 months ago
I have had to have the non-pleasure in having evil neighbours with evil kids(product of family life) Living next door to me.
It took 5 years but i finally had to move for the harresment to stop.
I went every single place you can think of to the police to charitys and no one could help. It made me see things in a different light, and thats why ever since i am so into politics. i love to hear the latest news.
It seems people can get away with anything if they have kids. It makes me furious. Just because you have kids doesn't mean your more important. I thought in this country we all have equal rights but i do not think this anymore.
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phoebe100

  44 months ago
I live out in the country and only know my neighbors in passing. They are all nice and friendly whenever we meet up out for our walks.
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LindaOH

  44 months ago
Boy, who hasn't? Anywhere you move you're going to have at least one bad neighbor. My husband thinks we should move now. And what will you get with your next move? Correct! Another bad neighbor. I just ignore them. If I see them I smile and wave; but as long as they're not damaging property or keeping me up all night I try to ignore them the best I can. Neighbors are like relatives...you have to do your best to get along!
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12211959

  44 months ago
My neighbors are all nice. My next door neighbor owns a dog. That would be the only thing that I can think of. Then, of course, other neighbors of mine own dogs, too. As long as their kids stay on their property, and are well behaved, I have no problem with my next door neighbor.
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PR77

  44 months ago
Yeah, I sometimes have problems with my neighbors, just not the same kind of problems you are refering to. All my neighbors are my in-laws, so needless to say I just have to deal with them. :/
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morphee32

  44 months ago
i'm not understand but i want thank you to your opi on my name, sorry but the english and me, it's not my favourite
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Kilakila

  44 months ago
I think most people have had experiences with problem neighbors. I could tell you several stories. But I settle for one here. I was still single and lived in an apartment. Another single lady moved into the apartment beneath mine. One evening she knocked on my door. When I opened, she complained that my shoes were too loud, and she could hear me walk. I was wearing house shoes, nothing with heels that could make noise. And I had a carpet too. From then on, she started screaming very loudly, as soon as I just made one step. She had a boyfriend. Whenever he spent the night with her, I heard her scream too and tell him that she was afraid. Screaming was just her strength in any situation. I talked to the manager about it, and he told her to stop that nonsense. But it didn't help. Eventually I moved out, but not because of her. I moved to another city. When my parents picked up some things I had left in that apartment, she knocked on the door again and complained that their walking bothered her.
By the way, I have a pet parrot too. She is not noisy at all. When she vocalizes, it is mostly talking. She sounds like a little kid. But there is a cockatoo in a neighboring building who occasionally is very noisy, which doesn't bother me at all, because I just love parrots.
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