Is there a law in Missouri about neighbors devaluing your property.

My neighbors have turned our rural neighborhood into a junkyard. What can I
legally do.

Asked on March 30, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Missouri


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Check with your municipal and/or county building department and health department and discuss the matter with them: if the neighbor is violating any zoning ordinances or health codes, they can be cited for it and will have to abate (or correct) the problem. Unfortunately, if they are not in code violation, there is likely very little you can do: a person has the right to use their property in legal, even if unsightly, ways, even if it negatively impacts neighbors' property values.

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