Good Neighbor Tips

Mr. Rogers

Your relationship with your neighbors can have a huge impact on the quality of life you experience in your rental.

When living in the Residence Halls on campus, students get used to the fact that everyone else arround them is on a college-student scheule. When they transition to living in a rental in the community for the first time, they often overlook the fact that this is no longer the case, and that their neighbors are most likely at different stages of life and on different schedules than their own.

If you are new to renting in Missoula, it is important to make yourself aware of the expectations for residents within the local community. Below are some reminders of what you can do to be a good neigbor. 

A little effort can really go a long way when it comes to maintaining positive relationships with your neighbors. Follow the tips below and you will be well on your way to 

  1. Introduce yourself to your neighbors when you move in and exchange contact information with them. It will go a long way if you take this first step. Let them know that they can contact you directly if they have any issues. 

  2. Keep up with yard maintenance: Cut & water your lawn regularly and rake leaves in a timely manner. And always keep your lawn free of trash! 

  3. Keep it down! Remember that you are living in a residential neighborhood—not everyone on your block is on a college schedule. And keep in mind that there are steep fees for breaking city noise ordinances (up to $300!!). Quiet hours start at 10pm every day of the week. 

  4. Park it. Make sure that  your car and the cars of your guests are parked appropriately. Do not block driveways and DO NOT PARK CARS IN ALLEY WAYS! If you live within the University District residential parking zone, a permit is required to park on the street on weekdays from 8am to 5pm. 

  5. Take out the trash on time. Make sure that you have enough bins to contain all of the bags that your household yields. If you need more, ask your landlord and contact the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center if he/she won’t accommodate you. Never place trash bags outside unless they contained are in bins — this attracts rodents!

  6. Be a responsible pet owner: if you are lucky enough to have a furry friend, don't let him/her be a nuisance to those around you. Clean up after your pet, keep him/her leashed when necessary and generally under control.

  7. Shovel your walk: on weekdays city sidewalks are required to be shoveled by 9am on the day of snowfall. Shovel by 12pm on weekends and holidays.

  8. Communicate regularly. Check in regularly with neighbors so that issues are addressed as they come up. Keep neighbors in the loop if you are planning to have a party at your place. Let them know that they can call you during the gathering if they need to. 

  9. Go the extra mile: Helping out where you can is always appreciated. Mowing a neighbor’s lawn, having them over for a BBQ or game night or  sharing the yields of your vegetable garden are among the many great ways to build relationships with your neighbors.