If you live in a condo and you've had some disputes with one or two of your neighbors, you may want to get up and go. But while it's not unusual to find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation within your condominium, that doesn't necessarily mean that moving out is the only answer to your problem. This option may not even be the best way to deal with the issue.
In addition, leaving a condo isn't as easy as moving out of an apartment. You may feel like you can no longer take the situation that you're in anymore, but there are solutions to the problem that you must first review before making a final decision. So, before being hasty about moving out and putting your condo unit for sale, try implementing these methods that may help you solve your problems without having to move.
1Determine If You Really Want To Go
Yes, things don't turn out well at times. When you live in a condo, you can get into a huge argument with one of your neighbors, you become dissatisfied with how the board handles things, or perhaps your current living situation leaves a lot to be desired. You're thinking about moving out, but you cannot just pack your things and go.
If you are serious about leaving your condo, you need to sell it first; afterward, you have to find another place where you can move in. It's not something that should be taken lightly. Nevertheless, some condo owners consider moving out when they encounter problems, and it's also common for the condo association board to encourage dissatisfied residents to look for another place if they don't like how things are going. Maybe your dream of becoming a condo owner turned quickly into a nightmare, but you're not stuck; there are other alternatives apart from selling your home.
2Try To Settle Disputes
A lot of issues amongst neighbors can be traced to non-communication; it could be miscommunication or non-communication with other neighbors or the board, particularly when there are problematic situations that need to be handled. One way to tackle this issue is by improving your communication and negotiation skills (perhaps you can even take a class about how to communicate with stubborn people). Disputes can also be settled with the help of mediators or a neutral party.
3Always Be Knowledgeable
Gain more understanding about the issue at hand, because the more knowledgeable you are, the more you'll be able to provide data that will prove or support your point. In case there are issues between you and your neighbor or you and the board, do some research first and read about relevant state laws about condos, condo regulations, and other apt data so that you can support your case (plus a significant number of board members may not even be aware of such regulations).
4Ask The Help Of A Neutral Party
In disputes, the assistance of a mediator, facilitator, or any neutral party will be a huge advantage, because this person or group can take a look at the situation with a non-judgmental eye. A neutral party can also suggest solutions to the problem that will benefit both parties in dispute. What you must understand is that third parties may not see your point as you do, so learn to accept that and don't take it personally.
The point of having a mediator is to have someone examine both sides without emotion or malice to come up with a beneficial solution. If you're considering hiring a mediator, get one who has a lot of experience in settling disputes. Be open-minded when considering the proposed solutions and avoid ignoring these solutions just because they are different from your ideas.
5Rent Out Your Condo
This is different from actually selling your unit. Rent out your space to another tenant and move to a new apartment or house. In doing so, you can take a break from condo life plus, you can check in with your tenant to see if he's also having the same problems with your neighbor.
Accept the fact that some people are just unfriendly. Perhaps too, you and your neighbor have opposite personalities, especially if things are fine between the same neighbor and your new tenant. Moreover, by experiencing a different way of life after living in a condo for decades may give you the push that you need to move up.
6Get A Lawyer
Before you give up and move out, call a lawyer to check if there's a legal way to solve the problem. It's possible to stop the problem by simply writing a letter to your neighbor or the board and tactfully explaining to them that what they're doing is against the law. In case this doesn't work, take legal action.
You may be considering moving out because you feel like you can't deal with your neighbor or the condo board any more, but that is not the only solution to your problem. Moving out is a time-consuming and lengthy process. Before throwing in the towel, try out the suggestions above and see if things improve.