How to Handle Problems with Condo Neighbours

Posted by on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 9:01pm.

Living with the neighbours! It can be a difficult situation at times if you're not getting along. Sometimes things can get so heated that you feel like it would be in your best interest to just move out. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it especially if your neighbours are breaking some of the condo rules. You'll want to tread carefully here though since taking things too far can cause irreparable damage to the rocky relationship that you now have.

Discuss things with your neighbour

Although this seems obvious, most people haven't really taken the time to approach their neighbour to talk about their differences. In many cases there has just been some comments thrown back and forth during a heated moment. Instead of going any further with complaints against your neighbour, try to discuss things first in a rational new point of time. You may just find that you were both having bad days when the fighting began and that things can be solved amicably between the two of you.

The next step forward

If there is an obvious violation occurring and you simply can't see eye to eye with your neighbour you can inform the condo board in writing to let them know about it. Every association has its own process for resolving complaints and these should be outlined in your condominium paperwork regarding rules and regulations.

Depending on the process, someone from the association may contact the person involved and act as somewhat of a mediator. Usually it only takes one phone call to get things straightened out so that both you and your neighbour are satisfied. This will be followed by a written explanation of what occurred during the phone call and whether any further steps will be necessary.

In many cases, if a violation has been broken and couldn't be resolved through simple communication, your neighbour will receive a fine and this will probably stop the behavior immediately. The fine not only gets the condo owner to stop breaking the rules but also adds additional income to the association pool. Overall, fining residents helps everyone involved including other condo owners in the building and is only used as the last step when needed.

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