Help! My Neighbor’s Mowing My Yard

“That house.” We’ve all seen it. We all know it. We all try to avoid it. It’s that one house that seems to bring everyone else’s property values down due to the owner’s lack of care and maintenance. Are we powerless against it, or is there something we can do about it?

When discussing a possibly sensitive issue, it is always best to approach it with utmost care and communicate your concerns openly and without judgement. Some people may automatically be on the offensive when it comes to pointing out their “housekeeping issues.” However, if you explain the situation in a reasonable way, you may be surprised at how quickly you can come to a solution. After all, most people do not want to be known as “that house.”

You must also keep in mind that things may not always be as they seem. There’s this one case where the neighbors in a community were upset with their neighbor’s property management. A delegate went to discuss the yard with the owner and found out she was in the midst of a divorce and undergoing chemo treatment. The neighbors decided to organize a rotating schedule to take care of the lawn for the ill neighbor.

On the other hand, a man in Florida took it to the extreme when he became fed up with his neighbor’s overgrown lawn. He decided to mow his neighbor’s yard, despite protests from his neighbor. The result: police, tasers and jail time. You can read the entire news story on our Kauai real estate Facebook business page at

So what have we learned from all of this? We should all take a look at what we are doing in our neighborhood to see what impact we have on the value of our home. Tending to our yards and maintaining our house not only reflects our lifestyle, but can also affect our neighbor’s as well. Let’s all be good neighbors and take pride in our property, not just for our sake, but also for the benefit of our community.

Erin Koshi (RA) is a Kauai real estate agent at Taba Realty & Development, LLC in Koloa. The company specializes in Kauai real estate, whether residential and commercial sales, residential and commercial property management, development services or consulting. You may contact Erin at

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