Harassed by a Neighbor, Here is What To Do

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Your home is the place where you can relax in peace, your Personal Sanctuary. However, if you have a neighbor who constantly harasses you or someone in your family, you need to take the appropriate actions. You should never have to listen to someone yell at you, make threats and disturb your peace.

The law defines harassment as communication deemed derogatory or offensive, threats of assault or violence, engagement in offensive physical touching, and repeated acts of intentional alarming or annoying behavior. Even playing loud music or pestering a dog in a backyard can constitute harassment.

The main concern with neighbor harassment is that if it is not rectified promptly, the situation can quickly spiral out of control. Most situations, after numerous attempts of talking to your neighbor amicably have failed, may require you to get the police involved and hire an attorney.

Hearing your neighbor say things that you find insensitive or thoughtless does not automatically equate to harassment. Instead, harassment entails repeated and intentional acts. While a law enforcement officer will try to calm the situation down, unless your neighbor committed a crime, you will have to sue the person in court as a civil matter.

For a successful lawsuit, you need evidence such as notes, videos, witnesses, and police reports. In court, the judge wants to know about the relationship between you and your neighbor. You will both be questioned about age, gender, sexual orientation, and occupation. This way, the judge can determine if the specific communication or an intentional act rises to the level of criminal or civil harassment. 

Depending on your situation, a judge may grant you a temporary or permanent restraining order or a court-ordered injunction. In both scenarios, your neighbor must avoid you and stay away. A restraining order or injunction may include other members of your family who were also victims of harassment.

After a judge grants an injunction or restraining order, if your neighbor violates the terms, they could get arrested and jailed. Depending on the severity of the violation or the number of occurrences, your neighbor might get charged with a felony, which results in stiffer penalties. Often, a harassing neighbor gets charged with disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor. However, that could be just enough to get your neighbor to stop the unwanted behavior.

If your neighbor has any prior misdemeanor or felony convictions or continues to act in a threatening or harassing manner, the court could change its orders, having your neighbor arrested for a more serious crime. Living next door to a person like this is not just annoying but frightening, especially when things escalate. By hiring a qualified attorney, defenses like freedom of speech will not hold up in the court system.

Most neighbor harassment cases are minor and can sometimes be settled between the two parties. However, if you have done everything you can without a resolution, contacting law enforcement and hiring an attorney maybe your best recourse. With an attorney, you can be assured you are using the full extent of the law to rectify your situation and not have to risk putting yourself into harm’s way if the situation escalates. 

At Solution Law APC, we have successfully assisted many clients reclaim their peace from harassing neighbors.
If you are being harassed by your neighbor and would like it to stop, contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION. 

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  1. I have a situation with hareassement from other tenants which the landlord will do nothing about. It has escalated to a daily basis and I can’t seem to find help from the police or the housing authority…I am a section 8 tenant in rent control. The harrassement stems from my fileing with LAPD for wifi piggybacking.

  2. My mother lives in a rest home. There this man that lives above her. Everyday this guy won’t quit , hitting the floor with something heavy. And then I had move in with her to take care of her. None stop. I told the manager, no response. I had told the man to stop. I’m ready to call the police.

  3. If my neighbor called me a racist faggot be grounds for a restraining order? I was sitting at my window eating when he pulled up. Yelled up at me that I flipped him off. When I told him he was wrong, all I was doing was eating a sandwich, he called me a racist faggot. He pretty much called me out and to come down to him which I’m sure he wanted to fight. Guy always does this, 5 years of problems and landlord knows. Always verbally attacts me whenever his children are around too.

  4. I am having issues with my Tennant’s,Neighbors racist, a paint Shop next to Complex discharging Paint Odors all Over. Complaint about the issue. Local Police goes There and Paint their personal vehicles. Being follow by Police all Over. Lady in the back Harrasing my wife and me.Other neighboard playing music and Snorkel ng Marijuana all night. Police don’t do nothing.Fellons living in the property.No Safe, bad Criminal records Tennant’s. Need help.

  5. Law systems are not set up to deal with adult bullies. There should be solid desist or arrest laws on the Federal and State levels. Neighborhood bullies are everywhere and are very serious problem in society.

  6. How do I put restraining orders with out .name suspicious neighbor doing bad dues making noise

  7. I’M BEING HARASSED BY FOUR TENTS FOR FIVE MONTHS I CALL THE COPS GOT REPORT FROM CALL OFFICER AND IT’S GETTING WORSE I CANNOT SLEEP I HAVE DOCTOR LETTER STATING THAT IT’S AFFECTING MY HEALTH I HAND A ANXIETY ATTACK FROM THEM THROUGH HEAVY OBJECTS ON THE FLOOR NOCKING ON MY DOOR AND WINDOW AND RUNNING BRING FAMILY MEMBERS TO RUN THROUGH THE HOUSE, TALKED TO OFFICE MANAGER AND I’M STILL BEING HARASSED EVERY DAY AND NIGHT. PLEASE HELP MY BLOOD PRESSURE WILL NOT GO DOWN I’M LOSING WEIGHT AND MY HAIR IS FALL OUT.PLEASE IF YOU HELP ME I’M TAKING THREE MORE MEDICINE

  8. With the courts closed what is a legal recourse should a neighbors bullying behavior continue. I have directed this to property management but they require an audio file to continue with an eviction. They were provided with pics. I’m 65yo woman living independently. He’s maybe 30 and allows his animal to pee over his balcony and onto my things on the patio. When this was addressed he began bullying name calling shouting door slamming blasting club music and general intimidation. The problem persists 4 months and counting.

  9. I have a neighbor, about 78 years old. She is very sensitive to noise, according to her, but she also thinks that it’s her responsibility to police the neighborhood. She yells at people who park in front of her house. If they don’t move their car, she bangs on their car with her fist and yells at them until they park elsewhere. She yells at a dog that is barking across the street. She uses profanity, not just yells. Recently, with Covid 19, she thinks that she needs to enforce the “no working” rules on the neighbors. Unfortunately, she lives right next door to me. I had started construction on the house in February. One thing led to another, and I had to demolish the front concrete steps. I have a friend who finally agreed to build the staircase at the front entrance. He’s a very busy construction worker. So I haven’t had an access to my front door for a month now. He finally agreed to start on the job about a week ago. He said he could complete the work in two days, only the steps no railings, but because of my neighbor yelling at home by saying, “You’re not supposed to be working!” over and over, he’s been leaving early. Friday was the last straw, he told me that he can’t do this unless I talk to my neighbor to stop harassing him. I’m torn between “no construction work at this time even though my friend works alone”, and “not having a staircase” which it’s considered a fire hazard. Shall I call the police and let them interfere? Would the police be on her side in this case? Any other suggestions.

  10. Cook County, IL: I have had an on-going noise disturbance issue with a neighbor for years. Any time I have made a complaint, either to management or the police, he has retaliated against me. He has drilled nailed into my tire, jumped onto my balcony and, most recently, keyed my parents vehicle when it was in my driveway the last time the police were called. Do I have options?

  11. I’ve been verbally harassed for a few years by my neighbors and bullied as well. My family and I stay quietly to ourselves. Everytime they are outside and i enter my home they call me terrible names and told we will be sorry if we do not move. It’s terrible when family members or friends stop by, especially my grandchildren, they hear very rude comments from my female neighbors.

  12. I’m having issues with my neighbors entering my home, and violating my privacy. when I’m at work on the night shifts. They inter my home with a key, no forced entry. Many items are stolen, food, clothes, kitchen items, and even in my shed, they take what they want and uses my personal lawn mower, all without permission. I’m trying to do the right things without having to result in Violence. I have reported this issue to police on several occasions but to no avail! I’m seeking legal advice on how to handle this concern.

  13. Asked my neighbor to stop using power tools in our shared driveway since I need to work from home under quarantine now noise can be heard in every room in my townhouse.He proceeded to play golf in front of my bedroom windows.I took a video in which he yells blah blah blah and I asked our HOA for help but nothing gets done!This neighbor comes to my door to bully me and harasses me when I take out trash! I need help I’m a senior citizen living alone

  14. I took appropriate action by telling my Landlord over 5 different times. No response! Disturbing my peace and annoying behavior raving the truck engine first thing ing the morning 6:00AM and sometimes at 12:00 and at 10:00 PM this is everyday . Dis I say everyday!!! Numerous attempts to handle this on my own. I feel at this point I need to get the police involved…
    This is a Civil matter.
    This is repeated and intentional acts, and this can not be settled between the two said Parties.

  15. I have notes, videos, and police reports. My landlord has also been harassing me and has not fixed my heater in my bedroom for 4 years. I need help.

  16. My new neighbors live next door strted threatening to call the cop because of a parking spot in street hes threatened people who come to my house, they ask questions and slander me to them, theres no talking to them they are always drunk and fighting What can I do?

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