Neighbor Troubles: How to Speak to Your Landlord

As a renter, you strive to find a quality dwelling in a good location, with an affordable rent and nice neighbors. While you can find a rental in the desired location and good price point, it can be difficult to determine if your neighbors will be nice or not so nice.

  • Friday, May 11, 2018

  Stephanie Clarke

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As a renter, you strive to find a quality dwelling in a good location, with an affordable rent and nice neighbors. While you can find a rental in the desired location and good price point, it can be difficult to determine if your neighbors will be nice or not so nice. When living in a duplex or apartment building, you have options when you come across difficult neighbors. Learn how to cope with neighbor troubles so you can live happily when you find that perfect rental apartment.

Dealing with Neighbor Issues Personally

Once you move in and issues arise with your neighbors, it is important to evaluate the situation before you take action. Some issues you should be able to handle yourself without having to discuss with your landlord. Take for example a garbage issue. Perhaps your neighbor’s garbage keeps falling out of their can on to your property. You should be able to approach your neighbor in a friendly manner and discuss the situation. By working out the situation yourself, you avoid having to bring your landlord in for a simple issue.

Think about the problem at hand. Is it something you can handle yourself? Is it something you can let go? Is it worth discussing? It is important to consider just how serious the issue is. If you do not feel comfortable talking to your neighbor about the problem, it’s time to consult with your landlord.

Talking to Your Landlord

When a problem arises that you do not feel like tackling yourself with your neighbors, contact your landlord. Give them a call and ask to meet to discuss a problem. Arrive on time to your meeting and describe the situation. If you are scared of your neighbor or feel threatened, let your landlord know. Every tenant should have undergone a background check as part of tenant screening and the landlord may know of a checkered past of the neighbor that needs to be handled carefully.

Never get yourself in a threatening situation. The landlord is there to assist in these types of situations. Whenever you feel wronged by your neighbor, or scared of certain behaviors, contact your landlord. It is their responsibility to ensure that every tenant is safe and feels secure in their home.

Whenever a situation with a neighbor escalates, consult with your landlord. Before blowing your top, speak to your landlord to see if they can help and mediate the situation.



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