A great many things can prompt Toronto homeowners to move, but neighbour problems aren’t a major cause for concern because they don’t usually continue after a polite note has changed hands or a call to Bylaw has transpired.
A new report by Halifax Home Insurance is saying that 360,000 people (about 1 in 10) in the United Kingdom move every year because of neighbour issues, which is more people per year than those who move to be closer to family or a better school.
Aggressive behaviour, excessive noise, a messy yard, lack of home maintenance, theft and general nosiness are all reasons why people in the United Kingdom move to get away from their current neighbours.
There is even a support forum set up to offer helpful advice: Neighbours From Hell in Britain (www.nfh.org.uk). In the United Kingdom, disclosing problem neighbours to potential home buyers is actually the law, which is thankfully not the case in Canada.
In the United Kingdom, difficult neighbours are estimated to pull property values down by about $47,000, which is quite a hefty chunk of change (or pounds) for anyone thinking of selling their home.
In Toronto, people normally move to downsize, upsize or wait for their home or condominium’s value to appreciate over the years and then move. We’re pretty lucky that way.
Have you ever moved because of a nasty neighbour?