Expanded coverage of neighbour issues

November 30, 2020

In our daily lives, problems sometimes come up involving a neighbour. Maybe you're affected by an overpowering smell coming from a neighbour’s home (yikes!). Maybe you used to be able to park in front of your home ... until your neighbour started to. Or maybe your neighbour’s overgrown yard (about to cross over to yours) is quite a mess. You might be frustrated — and curious what can you do in these situations.

We've got three new pages to help. Covering odoursparking, and untidy premises, they answer such questions as:

  • Am I allowed to complain about the smell of my neighbour's cannabis smoke?

  • Can someone park their car in front of my home for several days?

  • Is there anything I can do if my neighbour never cuts their grass?

Whatever the issue, there are steps you can take to deal with the problem with your neighbour. We walk you through them — from talking to your neighbour and documenting your complaint to contacting local authorities or filing a legal claim. 

Our new pages round out our guidance on neighbour issues, where we also cover problems with trees, fences, and noise, and offer tips for talking with your neighbour and options for dealing with a problem.

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This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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