Be a Good Neighbor
When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated." --Ralph Nader
There is more to living on your own than you might think. Your neighborhood community is your little piece of the world where you can lead by example. It can start with you--be the neighbor you want right next-door!
Neighbors who value and exercise mutual respect and consideration for one another are much more likely to have successful relationships. An integral part of community living is learning to resolve concerns and issues in an appropriate and effective manner.
Dealing with conflict as a student can be challenging, especially when the conflict is with someone living nearby. When trying to address a concern with a neighbor, or resolve a conflict, here are some things to keep in mind:
Get to know your neighbors. Greetings as simple as a Hi! and a wave can get conversations started. Knowing your neighbors will help you anticipate each other’s needs and encourage cooperative behaviors.
Be respectful of others' personal belongings and space, and encourage the same respect towards your space and property.
When a conflict arises, talk with the other party regarding your concerns. Chances are they may not even know their behaviors are affecting you.
Try not to procrastinate from resolving the problem. Avoiding conflicts usually means they will escalate and become more difficult to address later.
Find a time and place when and where you will both be able to comfortably and openly discuss your concerns.
Become familiar with local ordinances and be sure that you and your roommates are in compliance.
If you are uncomfortable speaking with your neighbor regarding a conflict, contact someone neutral who can assist you in your approach, or help you think through your options.
The City of Fayetteville has codes that students need to know about in order to be a good neighbor . Among the codes affecting students living in neighborhoods are:
- Over-Occupancy - No more than 3 unrelated people are allowed to occupy a residence in a Single Family Zone. If located in a Multi-Family Zone, no more than 4 unrelated people are allowed to occupy a residence.
- Parking in the Yard - Park in the driveway or where there is a maintained parking spot. The maximum number of vehicles allowed on a single family property is FOUR.
- Overgrown Grass/Weeds - Mow the yard. Grass should be kept shorter than 8 inches. On vacant lots, grass should be kept shorter than 18 inches.
- Junk and Debris in Yard - Brush, furniture, appliances, junk and other items should be kept out of the yard.