“It never rains on your neighbors without you getting your feet wet” – Chinese Proverb.
You’ve spent endless hours searching for your dream apartment and excitedly signed the lease. But in a classic case of bad luck, you end up with a neighbor from hell. Or maybe you’ve lived in your dream home peacefully over the years until an obnoxious person moves into the next unit.
Dealing with nasty neighbors day in day out is enough to drive even the most peaceful person to their wit’s end. They can make you feel enraged, annoyed, and even stressed.
So what do you do when the person who lives next door turns into a constant nightmare? I know your mind is conjuring up some evil revenge plan, and you can’t wait to unleash your wrath on them. But, before you snap out of anger and frustration and get into trouble with the law, take a deep breath.
Suppose you are thinking of packing out, not so fast. Here’s some expert advice on how to drive your annoying neighbors insane until they move out. Reclaim your peace of mind without getting into legal trouble.
Happy payback time!!!
Types and Traits of a Bad Neighbor
Before we dive into our revenge plan, we need to be clear on who fits the definition of a bad neighbor. You need to know the type of person to turn your wrath on and make them pack out of your neighborhood.
Here are the biggest offenders and their traits:
The Noisy Crowd
These people come in different strokes but of the same shade. You’ll encounter those who often make a ruckus and blast loud music throughout the night such that you can barely sleep.
Some are so loud that you automatically become part of the conversation. If they are not thumping loudly across the floor, they are rearranging furniture in the middle of the night or constantly fighting and throwing loud drunken parties that steal your peace of mind.
The Nosy Bird
Staying next door to a person who minds your business with so much passion is annoying. They watch your every move to the extent of spying on you from their window or using a security camera. They are all up in your business and regularly show up at your house wanting to snoop around.
The Sensitive Crew
These are the nagging types. They would gladly complain about anything and everything, from the way you walk on the stairs to how your dog barks loudly and the everyday sounds you make. What’s more, they can take it too far by suing you for being a noisy neighbor.
Few things can drive you insane, like living next door to a psycho. They exhibit maniac behaviors from poisoning your dog, pissing at your flower pots to doing drugs, stealing your packages, and outright bullying you. They can easily turn violent and, worst-case scenario, kill you.
The Inconsiderate Chaps
The inconsiderate kind sure did miss a lesson on good neighbors’ etiquette, which is evident in their nasty behavior. If they’re not blowing smoke directly into your apartment, they infringe on your property or steal your water.
What’s more, they’ll gladly block your driveway, park at your designated spot and steal your Wi-Fi. If that’s not enough, they’ll leave their raucous pets and kids unsupervised to mess your yard with dirt and poop.
How to Deal with Annoying Neighbors
When dealing with nasty neighbors, your first reaction will be to ignore their bad behavior in hopes they’ll see reason and change their ways. This method might not always yield satisfactory results though it’s better than starting a feud. However, we all know nothing good comes from waiting on the sidelines.
So, instead, you can try to reason with them by:
- Having a face-to-face confrontation
- Drafting a letter
- Going the legal route
Before you make your wildest revenge fantasies a reality, we suggest you have a one-to-one conversation with your neighbor. Give them the benefit of the doubt before unleashing vengeance. Call their attention to the fact that they are being a nuisance. If they are not doing so intentionally, you’ll notice an improvement in behavior.
If you don’t feel confident confronting your neighbor, you could lodge an anonymous complaint with law enforcement. Draft an unsigned note and remember to avoid accusatory language.
Alternatively, you can seek legal intervention by hiring an external mediator or talking to the police. To find an expert mediator, consult your local police, courthouse, precinct, or Home Owners Association.
You can also file an official complaint in court but ensure you confirm that your bad neighbors are breaking the law. You can ensure this by first understanding local noise and disturbance laws. If you find out you have legal backing, you can let your neighbors know that this will be your next course of action if they don’t change their behavior.
Tips for a Smart One-on-one Conversation with Your Bad Neighbor
If you’re meeting with your annoying neighbor for a face-to-face confrontation, here are a few things to consider:
Timing is Key: Pick a time when you are calm to go air out your grievances. Also, ensure it’s the ideal time for your neighbor and that they are relaxed. You can bring up the issue after dinner, a game or during the weekend but not at 1 am.
Avoid threats: Steer clear of using offensive language or making threats since you’ll only aggravate the situation. You might even get into trouble with the authorities.
Stay sober: Don’t go to the battlefield when you’re drunk or on drugs. You don’t want to do something you would regret or have the cops on your case.
Show them: Let them see the full impact of their actions. If it’s loud music, invite them into your home to listen in on the blasting. Let them experience their unpleasant actions to know how they affect you.
9 Tricks to get rid of Bad Neighbors
Gear up for operation. “Get my annoying neighbor to move out.”
We look into the best ways to nudge your annoying neighbors to pack up. Bear in mind these tips are only meant for the entitled, ill-mannered neighbors who are inconsiderate of other tenants’ well-being. You don’t want to become the bad neighbor we’re trying to kick out here.
1. Turn up the Noise
If you have the misfortune of staying near an unreasonably loud neighbor, you could consider fighting fire with fire. It’s worth noting that the same noise that irritates you probably won’t affect them much. So, with that in mind, you’ll need to find out what type of noise freaks your neighbor out and ensure you produce it frequently.
But first, you should look up the noise ordinance laws before switching on this revenge mode. It might be that their late-night music blasting is legal.
If you call attention to your neighbors for being noisy and it doesn’t work, feel free to execute these revenge plans:
Switch up your regular activities
Figure out when your neighbor comes home and prefers peace. Then commit to doing the loudest activities at that time. But stay within reasonable noise levels to avoid getting into legal trouble. So, it would be best to learn more about the local noise laws before playing loud music in the middle of the night.
But if you’re an early bird, you can decide to run your dishwasher, mow your lawn or use the leaf blower when your neighbor is trying to have some quiet time. You can also install a basketball hoop in the driveway and dribble the ball at odd hours of the night.
Schedule your home renovations and hammer away at the walls at the crack of dawn. Don’t shy away from assembling and moving furniture across the floor to the annoyance of your bad neighbor. Even better, start exercising and complement it with loud tutorials and equipment such as a treadmill or barbells.
Put on some tunes or learn an instrument
There’s power in poetic justice, especially if your neighbor keeps getting on your nerves by playing loud music or practicing playing an instrument. Take a page from their book.
Pick a flute, guitar, drum set, or piano and go crazy when they least expect it. To get your point across, start playing when they use their instrument to show your disinterest in listening to their awful music.
You could listen to your favorite tunes or watch the latest episode of Inventing Anna throughout the night with the volume turned up. Keep it within the 60 to 70 range and if they ask you to keep it down, say you can’t hear the T.V. over their screaming. Or turn the speakers towards their wall and blast your boom box with different bass frequencies all day.
Set up a party
Also, you can turn into a social butterfly and set up a loud garden party or a regular house party. Have all the action occur near their house and invite at least 20 people for maximum messiness. The frequent get-togethers may nudge your neighbors to look for a new home.
A loud party is ideal for getting back at inconsiderate neighbors who often do the same. If you live in an apartment, let your other neighbors in on your plan to avoid pissing them off. Better still, you could invite the entire neighborhood except for the bad neighbor to give them a taste of their own medicine.
Decorate with noisy items
Another effective way to motivate your neighbors to move out is by outfitting your home with decorative things like bells, especially country bells and wind chimes.
These are super annoying, especially if you can let them hang just near their bedroom window. But, ensure they are not illegal in your area, although breaking arbitrary laws isn’t punishable if you’re a first-time offender.
2. Go Bold
Most HOAs (Home Owners Associations) have restrictions on what colors to paint your house. However, not all neighborhoods have HOAs. Paint your home or yard in a bold color that’s enough to enrage your neighbor.
Think of fluorescent yellow, lime green, or any other intense hue. Transform your home into Disney World and when confronted, go into a rant about how you’re a fashionable muse. Mix up different crazy colors such as yellow and vibrant blue. Anything to drive them nuts goes.
3. Try Offensive Odors
Are you willing to get your hands dirty? Then you’ll find this approach effective. Find the most offensive odors and use them in their homes. There are many stink bombs online that can get the job done.
Choose Liquid Ass for that butt-crack stench. It does not inflict bodily harm, cause property damage or land you in the cell. The putrid smell is enough to send them through the doors.
You can also decide to fertilize your lawn with a stinky fish liquid formula. Just keep in mind stinking them out will also force you to bear the stench, and you might get a visit from the health department demanding you clean up the stink.
A more subtle idea would be to roast a pig in the backyard pit and ensure the smoke is blowing towards your neighbor’s windows. You can also do the same with garbage when you light it up.
4. Bring out Your Holiday Decorations
We all enjoy holiday decorations. They bring so much excitement and oomph to the neighborhood. But they can also come in handy in your revenge mission. These are undoubtedly an eyesore, and many of them can cause quite an uproar.
Go over the top, especially with the lights display so much that you rival the next town. Better yet, shine the spectacle directly into your neighbor’s window and ensure it lights up the brightest when they’re trying to sleep.
However, you’ll have to bear with the tackiest Halloween and Christmas décor sitting in your backyard for months at a time. Good thing is, the cackling witch with bright cut-out pumpkins or twinkling Santa is sure to irk your neighbor.
5. Get Nosy
Make your bad neighbor question why they live, thereby making their environment very suspicious and unwelcoming. The best way to do this is by making their personal business your business. Fill up their space with your presence. Go to their home uninvited and inquire about everything. Nag them with questions and the latest gossip and be overly excited about their every move.
This will make them start leading a peaceful life in hopes of avoiding any interaction with you. Don’t shy off from becoming intrusive. If you’re low on laundry detergent, ask your neighbor! And while you’re there, snoop around their home.
Your prying eyes could help you collect incriminating evidence of your neighbor’s wrongdoings. This will be useful when you lodge an official complaint against them. If you want to terrify them, you can consider installing security cameras on your porch and ensure they point towards their house.
Alternatively, set up a telescope facing their window. Let it peek through the curtains so that your neighbor is aware of it. You’re now a “peeping tom,” and this is going to make them antsy.
However, you don’t need to splurge on security cameras; you can even install fake ones. As long as they see that tiny gadget overlooking their home, they’ll start checking out rentals in the area.
6. Turn Hostile
At some point, your neighbors will notice you’re being annoying and might even confront you about your bad behavior. If they do so, speak your mind and let them know the genesis of their horrific experiences.
Drain their pool water, set up a sprinkler to hit their car or yard, place rubber snakes in the garden, or leave cryptic pictures and messages on your windows facing their property. You could also start damping food scraps or sugar in their yard. This will be difficult to clean and attract insects and wild animals.
Up the ante on your hostility and throw a tennis ball on their wall or use a ceiling thumper if they live above you. As long as you mirror everything they first did, you should be safe.
7. Who let the Dogs Out?
Bring out your crazy side and go all out when dealing with mean, rude, and nasty neighbors. If your attempts at making them see reason fail, you can go bats off. If they have dogs that shit all over your lawn and never care to pick it up, you can teach them a sour lesson. Take the dog poop and dump it in front of their door. They’ll get the message and start cleaning up after their pets.
You can train your dogs to bark when they see them and play chase by throwing the ball against their wall. And when your hound wants to mark their territory, take them to pee along your neighbor’s fence. Now, you might want to do this at night.
8. Display Inconvenience
If you find revenge plans too messy or extreme, you can take other subtle actions to get your neighbor’s attention. While scrolling through Google on ways to get rid of your bad neighbors, you may find articles suggesting you “borrow” your neighbor’s mail, packages, or newspapers. But if you don’t want a run-in with the law, ignore these suggestions.
A better solution is to give them something they don’t want rather than taking anything away from them. For instance, you could sign them up for random junk mail at every pharmacy, drug store, or food market you visit. You can also direct door-to-door salespeople to their house.
If you want your torment to strike a nerve, consider blasting them with prank calls and pretend to be a telemarketer. However, this would only be effective if they don’t have your phone number. Alternatively, you could leave food in their yard near the door to attract insects and animals.
You could also apply a liberal amount of Vaseline, oil, or lubricant to their doorknob. Again, this will make their door gross to touch and difficult to open—the perfect good riddance. Also, the doorbell prank never gets old. Ring their doorbell multiple times in a day, then hide. Wait 10 minutes, then do it again but ensure you cover your tracks and don’t create a familiar pattern. And never get caught!
9. Draft a Petition
Nothing guarantees that your revenge mission will be successful. So if all the prying and causing trouble in your neighbor’s life leaves you exhausted, you can play your last card. Get your other neighbors on board to support you in making the culprit move out.
All you have to do is come up with a list of specific grievances why the neighbor in question needs to be kicked out of the community. Include these grievances in your petition plus the desired outcome you had in mind.
Bear in mind you’ll need to have very convincing reasons. The neighbor will either have to be a drug peddler, sex offender, a dangerous criminal, or entirely intolerable. Perhaps they’re a group of rowdy roommates, or it’s a noisy madhouse.
Once the rest of the neighborhood supports your motion to evict the bad neighbor, gather as many signatures as you can. You could mail these to the landlord, table them as a petition in the next tenants’ meeting, or present it to the homeowners’ association.
If all fails, then seek legal support. Showcase your evidence to the police and file an official complaint.
Can Revenge Help you Get Rid of Your Bad Neighbors?
As you may have already noticed, most of the suggestions laid out on the list do not showcase good neighborly behavior. Although we tried mentioning things you can do within the limits when aggravated, it’s possible to still get the cops called on you.
Why? The same reason you would call the police on your disorderly neighbor. If you’re living in a shared apartment building, your revenge mission could disturb other neighbors to the point of starting a feud and, worse off, seeking legal action against you. You want to stay in good graces with your neighbors.
How far are you willing to take this war without becoming the irritating neighbor we’re trying to teach a lesson here. If you’re not careful, you’ll likely become another person’s neighbor from hell who they can’t wait to get rid of. Hopefully, the legal measures we’ve discussed can help you get back your peace of mind.
No doubt, making your bad neighbor’s life unbearable is enough to send them packing out of the neighborhood. But depending on the kind of person you’re dealing with, you might not want to awaken their bad side.
So there’s only one sure way to get what you want when all else fails – take legal action. First, inform your landlord or the homeowners’ association of your predicament. Get a legal representative and build a solid case with sufficient evidence if that doesn’t work. You want to prove that they are a danger or nuisance to others when staying there.
Better yet, get the community involved to drive them out.
So, don’t waste your time and healthy nerves trying to get even with an annoying neighbor. And don’t attempt anything that may qualify as a criminal offense if you’re not ready to pay a hefty fine or serve time.