to sue my neighbor for bringing down my property value

have neighbors on both sides of me who will not maintain there property. can I sue them for property damage for bringing down my property value?

Asked on June 21, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Idaho


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you may not. There is no cause of action or legal claim for "bringing down property value" for someone not maintaining their property. A person may do--or not do (i.e. not mow, not clean up, not do maintenance)--anything he or she likes on his or her property, so long as that thing is not itself illegal--and there's nothing inherently illegal about not keeping up your property). 
You only recourse may be to look into municipal and/or county zoning, health, and building ordinances and code: if the neighbor is violating any of the rules or regulations, you could contact the appropriate agency and complain.

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