We bought our first home in a suburbia a little while ago. We later found out our next door neighbour is extremely inconsiderate and also verbally abusive.
Below are some of the issues (there are other problems but I won't detail them here):
Issue 1: Constantly stepping on our lawn
Our neighbour and their entire family have walked over our front yard (unfenced) numerous times. We have politely asked them to stay off our lawn, as we are trying to regrow it but they completely ignored our request.
(a) Their car is parked so close to our boundary, that they can only get out of their car by stepping on our lawn.
(b) They placed a basketball hoop right near our boundary. As a result, their kids' basketball often bounce onto our lawn and our driveway, and they have to step all over our lawn to pick it up.
Issue 2: Rubbish on our lawn
Not long after we moved in, we started noticing our next door neighbour's rubbish (including used tissues and wipes) on our front lawn and driveway as a result of their overflowing garbage bin. Imagine picking up someone else's used tissues in the middle of COVID :S
This lasted for a few months and eventually we had had enough. Spoke to the wife and the issue was fixed.
Issue 3: Verbally abusive
The other night the weather was terrible, very windy and rainy. We heard a loud noise and found out the next day it was the neighbour's basketball hoop that fell onto our lawn and our stone pavement.
My husband went and spoke to them about their fallen basketball hoop, and suggested maybe we should consider building a fence.
The neighbour then went berserk, started yelling, swearing at him and calling my husband stupid and petty. The neighbour did not apologise at all, and continued to make personal attacks (e.g. looking at you apartment owners etc). He even threatened (although claimed to be a joke) that "I will make sure it falls on your house next time" (exact words).
This whole incident has left us very upset and distressed :( We have been very polite and respectful and it's disappointing that this is not reciprocated.
Now… as I am typing this post, their basketball hoop has once again fallen onto our lawn…
Can anyone please give us some advice? Thank you in advance!!
Our neighbour's basketball hoop has fallen onto our lawn and pathway second week in a row. They have a track record of not respecting our boundary.
Last time we spoke to them about this, they became very aggressive and verbally abusive (swearing, yelling and threatened that "I will make sure it falls on your house next time").
What do we do now?
Edit: 100% agree that building a fence is the only solution as our front yard is currently unfenced.
Edit 2: Thank you for everyone's advice. It was a very long-winded post and I really appreciate all of you reading through it and providing constructive feedback.