Neighbors kids are driving us CRAZY!

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 4
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I would speak to the parents about the dog thing. It’s not okay for them to be interacting with (or throwing things at) your dog. Period. But otherwise? Welcome to life with neighbors. You have no recourse unless they are violating a city noise ordinance (and they are usually in effect for limited hours like 11pm-5am). Sometimes we get lucky with good neighbors. It looks like your luck just ran out with these folks. Sorry.

Post # 5
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Try to ask the city really sweetly if there’s anything you can do.  Honey catches more flies, remember.

“Yeah, my husband and I have been trying everything to get along with the new neighbors.  We’d really just like to all be able to hang out in the backyard and get along but we’re having trouble with the children.  Does the city offer any kind of mediation services or at least a referreral?  What do they do?  I mean, boys will be boys, but they throw chunks of concrete at our dog and climb our fence.  We’re concerned and can’t leave the dog out for fear he’ll get hurt and they’ll get hurt going after him.  We can deal with kid noise but in the evenings it just gets unbearable.”

If you get ahold of someone nice they might offer to have an officer come and talk to the kids.  A police man can make a big impression.  Or maybe the city does offer mediation and you can talk with the neighbors and work something out (like send them somewhere else for two hours a day so I can go outside).  If there’s a noise ordinance they’ll inform you of that, too.

Good luck!

Post # 6
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ugh. I feel your pain. Our neighbors moved out and rented their house to a family with 5 kids, AND the mom would be watching their cousins and friends sometimes too. Some people just have no consideration for others. I’d call the non-emergency number for the police and make a complaint.

Post # 7
1018 posts
Bumble bee

@FutureMrsClayshulte:  I would look into the noise laws in your town. Around here, yes usually the noise thing is limited to “quiet hours” being 11 pm – 6am or something but they also have a duration law.

For example people have gotten in trouble for leaving their dog on the porch as it consistantly barks for hours on end. If the noise is lasting more than a few hours you may be able to make a complaint?

I’m sorry, I’ve had my fair share of less-than-perfect neighbors and kids drive me crazy (I’ve never complained, I just don’t like kids lol) but your neighbors seem really over the top and the noise is excessive – not “typical” of little boys.

I don’t think there is much you can do legally…maybe enjoy your backyard with a pair of earbuds in? It’s not fair I know, sorry OP 🙁

Post # 8
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The only thing I can see really what they are doing wrong is harrassing your dog and the privacy fence other than that really you are out of luck. Unless they are violating any noise restrictions which sounds like they are not. 

Post # 9
1178 posts
Bumble bee

First off THEY are the ones being rude and harrassing YOU.

Talk to them and tell them you have a right to peace and quiet in your own home. Their childrens behaviour is unacceptable. Is there any way to report them to the home owners?  Report them to the city and document everything. Finally you can always hang up a video camera into your yard. Real or fake.

Post # 10
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Sassygrn:  This. The things they are doing to *your* property (including your dog) are the things you have grounds to complain about, but otherwise? That’s life in a neighborhood with kids.

I would call the non-emergency line and ask what options you have with neighbors who are damaging your property and harassing your dog. They don’t have the right to climb your fence, or throw things at your dog, but they do have the right to play in their own backyard, even if it’s noisy (because kids’ noise is very unlikely to qualify under any noise-related bylaws). Find out what you can do about the things that can be controlled.

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