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Know your rights when dealing with a neighborly nuisance

If you've just moved into a new home and find that your neighbors are less than desirable, you might think that there is nothing you can do. The truth is that there could be something you can do to address the problem, especially if your neighbor is violating laws or local ordinances.

One important law to know is the law of nuisance. There are two kinds of lawsuits for nuisances. These include private and public nuisance lawsuits. With public nuisances, you claim that the neighbor's actions affect the safety, welfare or health of the public. Private nuisances result in a loss of enjoyment of your property.

The courts have to look at several factors when deciding if you have a case against your neighbor. For instance, if you're living in the city, a complaint about your neighbor having a horse too close to your property might stand out more than if you live in an area with prominent farms.

The court also has to look at zoning and local laws. Is your neighbor actually violating any laws? If so, then the court may be able to help you. If not, then it might just be something you have to live with, depending on how significantly their actions affect you.

If you believe your neighbor is a nuisance, it's time to learn more about your rights. Our site has more on what to do if you think your neighbor is violating local laws or if your neighbor is making it too difficult for you to enjoy your property. There is help for people in your situation.

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