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How to Call the City on Your Neighbor

As we all know, unneighborly behavior is a concern for a lot of us. Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem fair that we have to put up with noise and other inconsiderate acts from our neighbors. But you might be surprised to find out that there are rules for dealing with your neighbor. Let’s get started because there are times when calling the city on your neighbor is entirely justified, even recommended!

How to Call the City on Your Neighbor

Calling the city on your neighbor is a risky move, but sometimes it’s the only way to get them to do something about their annoying habits. If you have a persistent problem with any kind of noise or behavior that’s disturbing other people, don’t hesitate to call your local authorities.

The best way to deal with an issue like this is to call the local police department or city council office instead of posting about it on social media. You can try calling them directly, but if that doesn’t work, here are some tips on how to get through:

Be Polite

Remember that when you call 911, you’re going through a dispatch center that may not know anything about your neighborhood. If you start yelling at them because they don’t seem concerned with your complaint, they may just hang up on you. When you talk with dispatchers, be sure to remain civil and polite throughout the conversation.

Know What Code Enforcement Does And Does Not Handle:

The first step is to identify what you’re dealing with and make sure it matches the city’s definition of a violation.

Most cities have a code enforcement department that handles noise complaints, trash in front yards, parking issues, and other nuisances related to property maintenance. However, if someone is harassing or threatening another person (or vice versa), they should call 911 instead of code enforcement because those types of calls fall under criminal law enforcement rather than civil law enforcement

If you’ve been hearing loud music, for example, make sure it’s coming from a car stereo or house party and not just someone having fun in their apartment. If you’re worried about noise coming from your neighbor’s yard, check out if there are any noise ordinances in place for your community before calling the police.

Once you know what kind of rule has been broken, call the city agency responsible for enforcing it — which depends on where you live. Most cities have an environmental health department that handles complaints about noise and sanitation issues like trash collection and pest control (in some places, this will be handled by an animal shelter instead). You can also try contacting your mayor’s office or local council representative if you feel like this is a persistent problem that needs attention from higher-level officials.

When Can You Call the City on Your Neighbor?

If your neighbor is being a total jerk, you may want to call the city. But what kind of things can you report to the city? Here are some examples:

Illegal Parking: If someone is parking their car illegally in front of your building or apartment complex, call 311 and let them know so they can send an officer over to ticket the driver responsible for the violation (and hopefully make sure they don’t park there again).

Loud Music: If your neighbor is playing music too loud, call 311 and let them know that there’s a disturbance happening in your building or apartment complex. The city will send an officer over to take a look at what’s going on and ensure that no laws are being broken by this noise.

Animal Cruelty: If you see an animal being abused or neglected, call the police immediately. The police will come out and investigate, and if they find that the animal was mistreated, they may issue a citation or even arrest the owner of the animal. This is true whether it’s a dog, cat or horse.

Dangerous Structures: If you see something that appears unsafe or dangerous (such as a tree with branches hanging over your neighbor’s property), call the authorities and let them know about it so they can send someone out to investigate.

Illegal Dumping: If you see someone throwing trash onto public property or into a dumpster that doesn’t belong to them, call 311 and let them know where it is happening so they can send out an officer right away. You can also take photos of illegal dumping locations and send them in with your complaint, so they have proof if they need it later on in court.

If you’re wondering whether or not it’s OK to call the city on your neighbor, here are some guidelines:

Is It Illegal to Call the City on Your Neighbor?

First things first: if the neighbor is doing something illegal, like running an unlicensed business or selling drugs out of their home, then by all means, call the police. If they’re engaged in criminal activity, then they should be arrested and charged with whatever crime they committed.

But if it’s something that isn’t actually illegal — like having pets or kids who are noisy — then you may want to proceed with caution before calling the authorities. You could end up being wrong and making an enemy out of someone who has done nothing wrong except annoy you with their child’s laughter or pet’s barking.

Is It Really Annoying?

It can be annoying when your neighbor plays their music loudly or hangs laundry outside their window on a clothesline that sticks out over your property line. But is it really worth getting mad about? If not, just ask politely that they turn down the music or move their property.

Final Take

When you’re living next door to someone, it’s not always easy to get along. The noise, the trash, the loud music. What can you do?

The first thing is to try and talk to your neighbor. If that doesn’t work or if there’s a problem with them or their property, then call 311 (or whatever your city or county’s non-emergency number is) and report it.

What will happen after you call? That depends on the severity of the complaint. If it’s a fire hazard or something else extreme, then emergency personnel will be dispatched right away. If it’s something less urgent, like a loud party or barking dog, they’ll send an officer out as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours).