Bellevue offers both mediation and code enforcement for dealing with neighborhood conflict. Choosing the right approach involves careful consideration. Does the Bellevue City Code prohibit the thing causing you a problem? The code does not address the causes of many disputes between neighbors – such as property lines, landscaping, views or most daytime noise. Mediation is an excellent option for these issues. Contact a code compliance officer to learn about your particular situation. Code Compliance
Even if the code applies, you may still want to try to resolve the problem through mediation before requesting enforcement. A code enforcement request can be anonymous, but your neighbor may suspect you and view it as a hostile act. Sometimes the code applies, but the remedy required by the code enforcement doesn’t even address your concern – for example, a junky vehicle can be parked on your street so long as it operates. Mediation gives you an opportunity to make sure your concerns are addressed while also maintaining good neighborly relations.
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"The Update," the Neighborhood Mediation program's monthly newsletter, offers helpful tips on a variety of neighborhood issues. The following links take you to past issues that focus on the listed topic (two different articles are devoted to property boundaries):