A neighborhood dispute is not unlimited warfare. There is no need for police or sharply worded legal documents in most instances.
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The following information has been assembled to give an overview of Maple Valley Police Department neighborhood dispute resolution policies. Learning the do's and don'ts of neighborhood disputes can avoid stress and economic losses!
Dealing with Difficult Neighbors
Getting ready to mow his lawn in Maple Valley, Chuck Brown finds the neighbor's children have once again left their toys and bicycles on his property. Instead of bringing the items to his neighbor's property, he throws the items into his garbage can. This sets off a neighborhood dispute.
Unfortunately, such situations are very common. This is especially true in neighborhoods where people are constantly moving in or out. People simply don't take the time and effort to get to know their neighbors. With greater pressures and time constraints of working families, conflicts in the neighborhoods are on the rise.
By tracking problems about property lines, loud stereos, run down projects, loose garbage, undisciplined children pets, and late night noise, there is little doubt that some people in Maple Valley need to be educated in getting along.
How to Avoid Neighborhood Fights
Here are some examples of steps you may take:
- Common Courtesy: Get to know your neighbor. Invite them to your party if you can, or warn them there may be some parking congestion if you arrange festivities. If you have a tree which sheds needles or leaves onto your neighbor's yard, offer to rake their yard or help dispose of leaves.
- Make Friends: In times of disaster, having neighbors as friends can certainly help in making difficult conditions better. It is much easier to deal with petty problems after you have extended a helping hand in disaster.
- Don't Let Things Fester: There are many situations where neighbors have called City authorities week after week, keeping police busy answering complaints about noise, improperly parked vehicles, junk, and garbage. Many of these folks have not spoken in years. In most of these situations, the people can't remember what set the series of events off in the first place. When a problem arises, try to find a neutral place to discuss the problem, like the sidewalk, neighborhood park, or in the yard. Going to the door often makes a person defensive since there is a sense of invasion.
- Check the Law: In Maple Valley there are many local laws and regulations governing noise, pets, eyesores, accumulation of junk vehicles. If you have any questions, please call 425-413-5158. Nuisance laws are very specific. You can look up the Nuisance laws in the Maple Valley Municipal Code. Sometimes a photocopy, together with a polite note, can be mailed to a neighbor and bring desired results. But remember: Not all irritations are governed by the law!!
- Have an Attorney Write a Letter for You: Sometimes, if diplomacy fails, a letter from a lawyer can be very effective. It does not cost much if you bring the particulars to the attorney in an organized manner.
- Enlist Support: In neighborhood disputes, no one is eager to confront an offending neighbor alone. If the problem affects a number of other properties, a letter with five or six signatures can avoid you being singled out as a "troublemaker." Do not have spouses or children sign the letter to run up the numbers. DO NOT EXAGGERATE!!