Dealing With Nuisance Neighbors
I wonder if there's a law in the Philippines about dealing with nuisance neighbors, I've heard that in other countries like UK, there is. I had just been from a series of stressful situations where I had to go to the Barangay to seek for a resolution. Actually, they are not my own neighbors, but the neighbors of my tenants in our rental property but since they are under my responsibility and that they keep on bugging me about their problems, I have no other option but to make a stand. First, about the noise of the generator which is owned by my tenants. They were harassed, shouted and embarrassed just because they switch it ON. Was that wrong? I don't think so. Well, if it is, don't they know how to approach and talk in a more civilized manner? Do they really have to resort to that? Second, their dog cage which was placed beside the fence in their own yard. The nuisance neighbor was ordering them to relocate it. For God sake, how could anyone interfere in on how they should place things inside the own lot and yard from which they have jurisdiction as tenants? This is getting ridiculous! The third and the last one which had given me so much stress was the fact that they have prevented us from putting up additional hollow blocks to the fence to make the fence higher and thus avoid seeing them from time to time. They were claiming and insisting that the fence belong to them despite the fact that majority of the neighbors who had seen us building the same were attesting that we are the rightful owner of the fence. In fact, it is is within our lot boundary. They are screaming, saying offensive words and even harassing the workers who are supposed to build the fence. I have never encountered dealing with such kind of people who are barbaric and unreasonable.
Dealing with nuisance neighbors is really hard and very stressful. They do not understand the law, the technicalities and even the reasonable grounds which are already very obvious. They would answer back in a very illogical manner and even insist on their ignorance. In this kind of situation, the only way out is to deal with them legally, which is not also very easy as you have to go through a lot of steps and it will really be a long process. I have dealt with them in Barangay level which unfortunately did not give us justice as there seemed to be "siding" to the other party who happened to be a Purok Leader. Matter was not investigated thoroughly and let us settle temporarily which is favorable to the other. My next step? Well, obviously, I have to seek advises from other agencies of the government to confirm where we stand. Dealing with these kind of nuisance neighbors is not so easy. One thing is for sure, don't deal with them without the presence of an official. Don't go down to their level and do not ever resort to verbal arguments without the proper authority to mediate. These people are used to having troubles and close minded. They want to prove that they can overpower you at all timers. By showing to them that you are resorting to legal actions would give them the impression that you are not giving up your rights and that you are not a kind of person who can easily sway to their wants. Be tough, talk to proper authorities, if you think resolution was not done fairly, do the next step. There is really nothing wrong with fighting for your rights for as long as you have done everything legally, in good faith and within your rightful means.
I think it's about time that we have to have laws in place dealing with nuisance neighbors.