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Rotten Neighbors

Updated on April 18, 2013

Bad Neighbors, Noisy Neighbors, Rotten Neighbors!

Wherever you live, like me, you probably are spitting distance of neighbors.

If you're lucky enough to have a very large yard or even acreage, count yourself fortunate. But if you're like many of us who live in the real world, you might live close to rotten neighbors!

As the sign here shows, your neighbors may have a bad dog who doesn't know his boundaries.That would make me barking mad!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

No, you should not put your neighbor's head on a stick.
No, you should not put your neighbor's head on a stick.

Rotten Neighbors

They just annoy you.

One thing to remember about rotten neighbors is that they are people just like you, except they're annoying.

Their habits may be annoying. Their car may be annoying. Their pets may be annoying. And yes, whatever it is that makes them annoying is, of course, what makes them rotten neighbors.

I personally live in a condo complex and in fact could spit on at least one neighbor's doorstep while standing in my doorway. I haven't, and I won't, but I could. If I did, I think that would make me a really bad neighbor. So I won't.

But when people live so close, there are bound to be things about each other that annoy you. Let's stop beating around the bush and get to the really annoying habits that make for rotten neighbors:

- Noise (mowing the lawn at early or late hours, screaming and yelling instead of using their indoor voices even when outside, playing loud music)

- Messes (trash, dog poo, and weeds have taken over and more than likely you live next door or across the street from these bad neighbors)

- Unlawfulness (making and/or selling drugs from their home or car, being a peeping Tom or sexual predator, or worse)

This photo is a sculpture of a head on a stick. It is in no way permission for you to do this to a rotten neighbor. I just liked it.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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Barking dogs are so annoying.
Barking dogs are so annoying.

Noisy Neighbors

Would You Shut Up Already?

A big complaint about rotten neighbors is the noise the make. Your neighbors may not even know they are noisy.

One tact is to confront them about the noise. Maybe they're not aware that their voice level is loud. Some cultures speak in loud voices as a matter of practice. If told that you can hear them, they might hush up. They might. It's worth a chance.

Another problem with noise centers around habits like mowing the yard while you're sleeping. Argh! A simple note left on the door might resolve this problem. Or a call to the police. Or a dose of their own medicine.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Public Domain

Bad Pets Make Bad Neighbors

Some neighbors are considerate and give you fair warning.
Some neighbors are considerate and give you fair warning.

The Neighbors Are Fine; It's the Neighbor's Dogs

When Pets Are Not So Adorable

If your rotten neighbor problem revolves around the four-legged creatures who live close by, you're not alone. The incidences of bad dogs roaming the neighborhood are rampant. And by roaming, I mean they are being led around on a leash by the rotten neighbor.

The biggest complaint about neighbor's pets is the bathroom situation. The dog goes in your yard. The nerve! And the bad neighbor leaves it there for you to deal with. Ugh. Or cats are let out and decide to use your flower bed for its toilet. Lovely.

This photo shows a sign I saw posted in a disgruntled neighbor's yard. Hmmm.

When dogs bark and become bad neighbors, a friendly chat with its human is a good first step. If you belong to a homeowner's association, a call to them can be made.

In all cases, as a last resort, call the police and be heard.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Barking Dogs, Bad Toilet Habits, and Garden Protection - Stop it already!


Let your neighbors know

what they do that irritates you.

I would do this anonymously

(because I hate confrontation).

Write a note and leave it on the door.

If it's a neighborhood problem, ask other

(good) neighbors to reinforce your concerns

by writing their own note.

Do you have a rotten neighbor story?

Which is worse? Share your bad neighbor stories here.

"Good fences make good neighbors."

~ Robert Frost, The Mending Wall

Is your neighbor a saint? You're lucky!
Is your neighbor a saint? You're lucky!

Good Neighbors

If you're lucky enough to live next to good neighbors, count your blessings. Seriously.

Bake them a pie or cake. Offer to take in their mail and water their plants when they are out of town. Good neighbors are great! Appreciate them. And in return, always try to be a good neighbor.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Share your rotten neighbors story, if you dare.

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      5 years ago from New Jersey

      We've had some poor neighbors at times, but when we lived in England we were fortunate to have absolutely lovely ones! I guess it can balance out in the end.

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      6 years ago

      Elderly housing, one ignorant, nasty woman,hated by everyone, harasses her eighbors and their visitors and complains each and every day. She does nothing for anyone but asks others for help all the time. Constantly butts in on people having a conversation when no one whats her around. How can a person get so old and remain so stupid???? She is clueless.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: I hear ya, Pam! I don't either.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I don't dare. :)


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