At some point in everyone’s life, we must deal with nasty neighbors. It’s unavoidable – some people are just difficult! But a rude neighbor doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker in a living situation. There are a few easy and effective ways to handle conflicts with the dreaded nasty neighbor.
First, when a neighbor is causing trouble, a great first step is to approach the neighbor with your complaints. While this may seem like an intimidating task, it could be as simple as leaving a note taped to your neighbor’s door. If you prefer the more direct route, wait for a moment when you and your foe cross paths – in the laundry area, parking lot, or hallway perhaps. A casual mention of your issue can make your grievances known. The key to avoiding unnecessary conflict is to remain calm, collected, and – more importantly – respectful. If a casual encounter doesn’t work, and your nasty neighbor is still causing trouble, don’t be afraid to notify your landlord or complex manager! Oftentimes these troublemakers are breaking an established rule in their lease, which is grounds for a warning. Noise complaints, excess clutter or trash in public or shared spaces, or any other inconveniences that affect other tenants are all examples of instances when it’s okay to involve a landlord.
The key to dealing with nasty neighbors is to avoid unnecessary conflict, and to always be open to discussion. Neighbors may not always be the greatest, but even big problems can be solved with effective conflict management!