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  • Writer's pictureThe Jennifer Jones Team

Hey Neighbour!

Most of us live in very close proximity with others. How can we ensure that we contribute to a positive living environment and community cohesion?

Here are key traits commonly associated with being a good neighbour:

  1. Friendliness: Good neighbours are friendly, fostering a welcoming atmosphere by introducing themselves and extending kindness to both current and new neighbours.

  2. Considerate Noise Levels: Being quiet and considerate of noise levels is a crucial quality. Good neighbours understand the importance of maintaining a peaceful environment for everyone.

  3. Tidiness: Good neighbours keep their properties tidy and well-maintained, contributing to the overall aesthetics of the neighborhood.

  4. Respectfulness: Respect is a fundamental trait. Good neighbours show respect for each other's privacy, space, and boundaries, creating a sense of trust and harmony.

  5. Helpfulness: Good neighbours proactively offer assistance without being asked. This can include helping with tasks, sharing contact information, and contributing to the well-being of the community.

Being a good neighbour involves a combination of courtesy, communication, and consideration. But what if you have a neighbour who is not a "good" neighbour?

Dealing with difficult neighbours can be challenging, but here are effective tips to navigate the situation:

1.    Open Communication: Initiate a calm and open conversation with your neighbour. Express your concerns or issues politely and try to understand their perspective. This can often resolve misunderstandings.

2.    Establish Positive Relations: Aim to build a positive relationship from the beginning. Consider their point of view and be willing to compromise on certain matters to foster a better connection.

3.    Set Boundaries: Clearly communicate your boundaries and expectations. Establishing mutual respect for each other's space and privacy can prevent future conflicts.

4.    Seek Mediation: If direct communication doesn't work, consider involving a neutral third party, such as a mediator or condo board, to facilitate a resolution.

5.    Document Issues: Keep a record of incidents and interactions. Documentation can be useful if legal action becomes necessary or if you need to involve local authorities.

Good neighbours make a neighbourhood feel like a true community!

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