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Neighbour Relations Tips

The responsibility for a good neighbourhood belongs to everyone


When you're living in a residential neighbourhood, it's a good idea to build positive relationships with the members of your community. Some of the ways you can support these relationships include:

  • Get to know the people who live nearby. Introduce yourself to your neighbours. Then, you'll be able to listen to any concerns and, if they are reasonable, do your best to address them.
  • Put your garbage & recycling outside for collection at the appropriate time.
  • Shovel the snow on your sidewalk promptly or even offer to do so for any nearby senior citizens.

Planning a party?

Let your neighbours know if you are planning a party. You are responsible for your guests, so make efforts to control their behaviour.

From a municipal standpoint, noise by-laws for the HRM stipulate that: "No person shall engage in any activity that unreasonably disturbs or tends to disturb the peace and tranquility of a neighbourhood." Please be aware that quiet hours for the city run from 9:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the week.

Although student living tends to involve late nights for both academic and social purposes, keep in mind that other members of the community may be on very different schedules! Be respectful of those with earlier bedtimes.

The most frequent concerns are:

  • Unnecessary noise that disturbs the peacefulness of the street, such as playing music so loud it can be heard outside
  • Consuming alcoholic beverages on the street
  • Late night singing, chanting, yelling, car door slamming or horn blowing
  • Parking inappropriately and blocking access to properties
  • Damaging lawns, gardens, lawn furniture, cars or other belongings of neighbours
  • Smoking and leaving cigarette butts on neighbour's property
  • Littering the streets, sidewalks and lawns