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December 2018 Archives

The impact of light on neighborhoods

Homeowners in California and elsewhere may find it to be annoying when light from a neighbor's house illuminates their properties as well. There are many ways in which the issue of light trespass can be resolved. The easiest solution could be to turn off lights when they are not in use. However, another solution may be to angle the lights toward the ground. If this isn't possible, a hood or shield can be used to restrict the area being illuminated.

Handling a noise complaint in a constructive manner

Disputes over noise aren't uncommon in situations where people live close together in an apartment complex or condo. However, California residents generally have a right to peace and quiet while at home. There are a few options that individuals may have when attempting to deal with a noisy neighbor. The first option is to simply explain the problem and work out a solution in a calm and reasonable manner.

How to handle arguments over property lines

Property disputes can happen in California or any other state in the country. They can occur because a tree grows too large or because a person accidentally placed a driveway or other path onto an area that didn't belong to him or her. There are many different ways that a dispute can be resolved. For example, it may be possible to get rid of a tree or plant that has grown onto a neighbor's property.

Couple wins lawsuit over holiday lights display

Some homeowners in California really get into the spirit when decking their halls, sometimes to the point where light displays are fairly elaborate and creative. In some instances, not all neighbors in the area are pleased with the attention that such displays get, especially if a normally quiet neighborhood becomes inundated with pedestrian and vehicle traffic. However, there is something to be said for the rights of homeowners to responsibly express their seasonal enthusiasm.

Moving during an HOA dispute? Here's is what you should know.

There are many benefits to living in a neighborhood or community with a Homeowners' Association. These organizations, when run properly, maintain the aesthetics of the neighborhood and enforce certain rules that are important to the community. However, you, like other California homeowners, may know that these groups can sometimes overstep the boundaries of their authority.

Christmas event leads to homeowners association conflict

Homeowners' associations are plentiful in California and across the United States. In most cases, these associations work to protect and beautify neighborhoods. Sometimes, however, members find themselves at odds with associations and their governing entities, leading to legal woes. This may be due to unfulfilled contractual obligations and complaints from neighbors, but it may also be due to causing a perceived road hazard.