What are your rights?
What do you do when you have a problem with your neighbours? Whether you live in a single family home a condo or a townhouse, your neighbours habits and activities can have a huge impact on you. Most people, including police officers, do not recommend that you confront your neighbours (unless you know them well) about the problems you are having. Sometimes confrontation can have the opposite effect and end up escalating a situation. You need to analyze the situation carefully before you take action. Bad neighbours can impact your real estate value, so don’t let it go unaddressed.
When can you handle it yourself?
If you consider your neighbours to be friends, then it is probably safe to discuss things like noise, not keeping driveways clear or perhaps picking up after their pet. If their children are littering on your property or teasing your pet, you may also be just fine to discuss this too. Another factor will be whether they own the real estate they are in or renting. Sometimes contacting the owner of the property and letting them deal with tenants is preferable.
When to call the police?
If you aren’t familiar with your neighbours then it may be safest to let the police handle issues like noise violations. If they are partying constantly and its effecting you, call them. Some people take it upon themselves to make first contact and hope that the neighbor will be gracious enough to keep it down. Most are, truly. But if this fails, the police are the best bet. As well, if there is any suspicion of, or obvious use of illegal substances going on, call the police. Do not get involved with a neighbor who you believe to be using drugs or worse, selling them. Drug issues in a neighbourhood will also affect your real estate value. Nip it in the bud.