Tips for talking with your neighbour

“My neighbour regularly smoked in his backyard. Whenever I sat on my deck, or just opened the back windows, I smelled cigarettes. I finally decided to say something. I made notes in advance, which helped me stay calm. My neighbour said he didn't realize the smoke affected me. He committed to smoke only in his front yard (where it doesn’t impact me). I’m glad we talked! I’m able to enjoy my deck and open my windows again.” 

– Deana, Coquitlam, BC

Do you need to talk with your neighbour about a problem that’s come up between you? Maybe you’ve been meaning to have that talk but aren’t sure how to bring up the issue. Or maybe you’re worried about approaching your neighbour. Learn tips to help you talk with your neighbour. 

What you should know

Steps to having the conversation

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in July 2022
  • Time to read: 6 minutes

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People's team, People's Law School

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