How to Stop a Violent Neighbor From Harassing You

Written by jaimie zinski
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Whether you live in an apartment, condominium or house, you might be faced with a violent, rude and abusive neighbour. It might start out small, with a few backwards glances that soon escalate into threats and name calling. Dealing with a violent, disruptive neighbour involves starting with personal interaction to avoid having to involve the authorities, which for some is an inevitable outcome.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Steer clear of this neighbour and do not have any interaction with him.

  2. 2

    Speak to any neighbours and ask whether they have any issues. You might not be the only one the person is harassing.

  3. 3

    Write down any incidents of violence or threats made against you by the neighbour. Inform any other neighbours who are having issues with the violent person to do the same. Writing these incidents down will give you an accurate record of the harassment, which is invaluable for any potential legal action.

  4. 4

    Speak to the condominium board, a neighbourhood association or the superintendent of your building about the harassment. Bring along any other neighbours who are having issues to act as witnesses. Voice your concerns about the neighbour and file a formal complaint.

  5. 5

    Hire a mediator. These are lawyers trained to handle disputes between two parties rather than involving the court systems. Inform the neighbour of the intent to hire the mediator, which can be found through the local police, the court system or a local attorney. It then will be up to the neighbour to decide whether to participate in the mediation.

  6. 6

    Call local law enforcement and file a formal complaint against the neighbour, if he doesn't respond favourably to other methods of communication. Report specific incidents to the police.

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