“Love your neighbor as yourself” is easy to say and hard to do. Some of us are fortunate enough to have lovely neighbors who bake us homemade pies and invite us over for a barbeque (don’t worry, they have plenty of veggies to grill if you’re vegan). The rest of us are… well, far less lucky in whom we live next to.
There are neighbors from heaven and then there are neighbors from hell. They play loud music at night. They take your parking spot. They make your life miserable. And sometimes they end up on the Neighbors From Hell Instagram page, dedicated to collecting the best of the worst neighbor experiences. Scroll down and check some of these stories out and don’t forget to upvote your fave ones. Let us know in the comments what the worst neighbors you’ve ever had were like and read on for some tips on how to deal with jerk neighbors.
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Dealing with bad neighbors is a delicate situation. You have to be diplomatic yet firm, tough but fair if you want to live peacefully. There are several different types of jerk neighbors. From racket makers and slobs to careless pet owners and worse.
Real estate expert Barbara Corcoran told Today that the best way to avoid bad neighbors is to spot them early. So if you’re planning on buying or renting a new property, have a drive around the neighborhood at night to see how people in the area behave like when the sun goes down. Also, have a chat with the local store owners about what the locals are like.
However, what are you supposed to do if you’re already living next to someone who’s making your daily life hard to bear?
Well, the first step would be to set up a time to talk to your neighbor in person about what’s bothering you. The important thing is not to accuse them (people always get defensive when someone does that) but to let them know what’s bothering you and to suggest ways to solve the issue. Together.
Chances are a friendly chat or two might work. But if they don’t, talk to your local neighborhood or building association and ask them to step in. And if that doesn’t work and your neighbors continue to be aggressively disruptive, call your local precinct.
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