Wednesday, November 13, 2019 / by Zifan Gao
Do you consider your potential new neighbours when purchasing a property? Homebuyers tend to forget that when you buy a new property, you are also buying into a relationship with your neighbours that could be decades and decades-long. You want to factor that relationship into your purchasing decision and at least do some rudimentary research on any ongoing disputes between the current property owners and others. You also want to make sure that you don't end up being the 'nasty neighbour' yourself by making significant changes to your property without community approval.
Here’s Boiron Group's 2019 field guide to common neighbour nastiness:
1. 'Tree' Jerk Reactions:
According to professional mediator Jeanette Bicknell of Bicknell Mediation, more than half of the neighbour conflicts that she sees are tree-related. The desire to protect trees from being cut down or trimmed "makes people crazy" and sparks outrage in generally congenial neighbours.
2. A history of being ...