Effective communication is one of the best methods to help neighbors resolve disputes. Handle problems politely. If your neighbors do something that bothers you, respectfully let them know as soon as possible. If you think your neighbors make unreasonable complaints, have a polite and respectful conversation. For issues that cannot be resolved, consider contacting your landlord or Neighbor to Neighbor program from community mediation services.

Respect thy neighbor

Corvallis is known for its friendliness and small-town warmth. Experience it for yourself and get to know your neighbors.

  • Introduce yourself: a simple hello goes a long way. Introduce yourself and put a face to the name. Make a connection — maybe even a friend.
  • Keep neighbors informed: contact your neighbors in advance before undertaking something that may affect them, like throwing a party or pruning a shrub. Share your contact information so there’s an easy way of communicating.
  • Be aware of differences: age, faith, ethnic background, family status and other factors can drastically affect how people go about their daily lives. Be aware and respectful of differences between you and your neighbors.
  • Ask how you can help: neighborly gestures like raking leaves or walking the dog for a neighbor who may need assistance contribute to a positive and welcoming environment for everybody.

Resolving neighbor conflicts

Sometimes conflicts come up between neighbors. These problems usually arise from a lack of communication. Common issues are:

  • Noise and nuisance complaints — Parties, loud stereos, car doors slamming late at night, loud arguments
  • Parking problems — Too many vehicles per residence, blocked driveways or sidewalks, nonworking vehicles parked in the street long term
  • Over-occupancy concerns — No more than five unrelated tenants may occupy a dwelling
  • Animal disturbances — Excessive barking, pet waste, abandoned pets • Lack of property maintenance — Keep the appearance of your property clean.
  • Litter — Cigarette butts and other trash left on the sidewalk or street, garbage bins left at the curb after pick-up
  • Eyesores — Couches and other indoor furniture used in front yards and left on porches

Communicating with landlords

The landlord-tenant relationship can be tricky, but open communication and total transparency are the best ways to handle a touchy situation like leaving before the lease term is up. Your landlord is a business person, but they’re a human being too.

Communication is one of the best methods to help resolve disputes with neighbors, roommates, landlords, friends or anyone for that matter. Communicate concerns directly to your landlord. Respond to communication from landlords in a timely manner. If the response does not address your concerns, you may seek additional support and resources