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Neighbor Disputes in Boston

Most of us have to deal with neighbors. These days, a neighborhood can be made up of people from various ethnic and economic backgrounds, recent immigrants and established families. A dispute with a neighbor can arise over a lot of things, but the most basic disputes with neighbors are still about fences, trees, animals, noise, view, illegal activity, parking, and illegal animals or equipment.

Other types of disputes can arise out of water damage, damage during construction, or even an objection to the architecture of an addition to a home. For most people, the best thing to do is to get a Boston Real Estate lawyer involved even before you take any action. This way the dispute might not even arise in the first place. It is good to be a good neighbor.

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What Are CC&Rs?

When you move into a condo or housing development, you will often be asked to sign a catch-all deed of declarations called "Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions" (CC&Rs).

But what exactly are CC&Rs?

What Are Massachusetts' Adverse Possession Laws?

How can you claim adverse possession in Massachusetts?

The real estate market downturn led to many foreclosures in parts of the country and many vacant properties. There have been cases across the nation of people squatting in homes. In some cases, these people have even been able to produce paperwork to claim that the home now belongs to them, MSN reports.

While the squatter problem isn't rampant in Boston, it's still an interesting question to ask. How can someone take possession of a vacant property in Massachusetts?

Neighborly Tree Dispute Making You Want to 'Leave'?

Besides bad puns, there are plenty of reasons that neighbors get into fights over our oxygen-producing, shade-giving friends. Sure there are simple quarrels about fallen leaves on a lawn, but then there are more serious neighborly tree disputes that can arise when roots damage a driveway or dead limbs hang over your kid's swingset.

As with most conflicts, these issues can be taken care of with a few moments of communication between neighbors. This communication is most effective when you know exactly what the law governs when it comes to trees.

Here are some common tree disputes that arise among neighbors:

Hull Sues Gail Kansky to Stop Bird-Feeding 'Nuisance'

There are many people who love to watch birds. The National Audubon Society was created specifically to preserve ecosystems so that birds and other wildlife will still exist for people to see.

However, it seems as though Hull resident Gail Kansky has gone beyond helping birds to creating an alleged nuisance in her neighborhood, according to the Patriot Ledger. Neighbors have complained of the noise, bird droppings, and rats that have started to move in.

How bad does it have to get to become a nuisance?

Tree Falls Through Roof in Wilmington, Who's Liable?

With all of the wild weather going around, you might be wondering what happens when trees fall and damage property. Unlike when a tree falls in the woods and no one is around, when a tree falls on your house, there is usually quite a ruckus.

That is how Paul Palizzolo explained the sound made when a large branch crashed through his roof and into his bedroom the other day, according to the Boston Globe. Luckily, neither he nor his wife was in room at the time, as it would have likely hit and seriously injured anyone that had been there.

Could anyone be liable for the damage besides homeowners’ insurance?

What if Your Neighbors Stage Their Own Summer Music Festival?

It's finally summer, and with summer come summer music festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. It also means that people are outside enjoying the weather and creating festivals of their own.

But what if your neighbor's backyard summer festival gets out of hand and is destroying your relaxing afternoon?

If you can't convince them to go to one of the music festivals going on in New England, you might have some legal remedies.

Swimming Holes Beat the Heat, But Think Before You Make One

There’s nothing worse than being outside in the city when it hits 90, let alone the triple digit temperatures that are forecast for this summer. Of course the best way to deal with the heat (besides driving to Maine) is to find one of the best swimming holes around the area.

What do you know, there’s actually a list of the 10 best swimming holes in Massachusetts, provided by These places to get wet are widely varied and span the entire state, giving you options for wide open water or secluded river spots.

Perhaps you have a place in the country and would like a swimming hole. But, if you are thinking of creating your very own beat the heat swimming hole, read on about your potential liabilities.

Information On Boston Noise Ordinances For St. Patty's Day

St. Patrick's Day is fun, and fun can get loud. And loudness that annoys your neighbors might get you in trouble, so it's best to have information on Boston noise ordinances for St. Patty's Day.

Under Boston Municipal Code's Chapter 16, subsection 26, "unreasonable or excessive noise" means noise measured in excess of 50 decibels between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., or in excess of 70 decibels at all other hours; or it can mean noise that can be plainly heard at a distance of 300 feet.

Top 4 Reasons to Have Your Property Surveyed

When you move into a home, you may just assume that the fenced-in area around your home marks your property lines. So on one side of the fence is your property, and on the other side your neighbor’s property.

However, fences have very little legal meaning. Instead, you may want to have your property surveyed to see just where your property ends and begins, and for other reasons as well.

Condominium Rules and Regulations

Pet and smoking bans were recently brought up in The Boston Globe. Condos frequently limit the size and breed of certain dogs that you may keep, and more and more condos are banning smoking altogether. However, the libertarian in you may be wondering what powers your condo board has in preventing you from buying a 120-pound rRottweiler.

When you bought your condo, you were likely handed a booklet of condominium rules and regulations. Along with smoking and pet bans, the list of rules could have included restrictions on how much noise you can make, decorations you can adorn the outside of your condo, etc.