The neighbor has a basketball hoop in their driveway. The kids from the neighborhood all seem to use it and the ball ends up in our yard multiple times a day. Sometimes the neighbors aren't home. We try to be nice and tell the kids to try to keep the ball in the front, we've talked with some of the parents about moving the hoop so if it bounces it won't end up in our yard. Some of the kids even consistently ring the bell without a break until they get the ball back. One of the parents even came over and yelled at us because we asked them to try to stay off of our front lawn while they were playing. It is difficult to constantly be stopping whatever we are doing to get the ball, sometimes we don't even get to sit back down before the doorbell rings again.
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If this is occurring so frequently, and it is bothering you, it is likely considered a nuisance. You should give them written notice to stop the nuisance. If they do not remedy the situation, you can take them to court and obtain a restraining order on them. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
Mr. Mashal is correct, this may be a nuisance.
But do you really want to be known as the mean neighbor?
Or get involved in a situation where there is bad blood between the neighbors?
Why not try to find a solution that works for everybody.
I had a similar problem in my neighborhood. We fixed it by putting up a screen behind the backboard that could be taken up and down easily. It cost about $100 and seemed to do the trick.
What about taking an afternoon and plan to spend it as a ball chaser. Ever time you get the ball - take it over to the neighbor's front door and ring the bell uintil they come and get it -smiling nicely each time. By the third or 4th time of running thru the house to the front door, they'll let you know how annoying it is to keep coming to the door - and you can politely let them know that you understand exactly how they feel, since you go through this daily! Perhaps then they'll be willing to move the hoop to another location.
If you don't care about having a pleasant relationship with your neighbors, you of course have the right to sue for trespass (which may have a damages requirement, so check with an attroney in your state) or for nuisance. Of course, if you plan to continue living there, there may come a time when having a bunch of older teenage boys available to help around the yard/house would be quite beneficial -so trying to build a positive relationship would probably be in your best interest.
This is not intended to be legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. If more information is needed, you should consult with an attorney in your state regarding the specifics of your situation and the options available to you.
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