Neighbor disputes can be incredibly difficult to resolve through the traditional legal process. CLS does not ordinarily provide assistance with neighbor disputes. We generally recommend mediation to resolve these problems. Mediation is professionally guided dispute resolution between parties who agree to talk about their issues. It is voluntary, and the mediator works to help the people reach an agreement. Good Shepherd provides mediation services on a sliding scale based on income.
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations also provides mediation.
If the dispute involves a zoning code or building code violation or other public safety concern, you can contact the City License and Inspection unit. They issue citations to address code violations. For severe building problems, L&I may take further actions.
If you have been sued over a neighbor dispute, CLS may be able to provide you with legal advice about how to handle the lawsuit.