The neighbor across the lake from your home is practicing her golf swing and your backyard is littered with golf balls. Some have come too close for comfort, threatening to pop a hole in the screened-in patio.
Another neighbor complains about the barking dog left out in the backyard next door. Meantime, friends living in a high-end condo complain about the stench of garlic coming from a nearby unit.
Nuisances are not uncommon since many of those living in homes regulated by associations live in such close proximity to each other. Because homeowner and condo associations can’t lay out in their bylaws every scenario that might come up, most have an anti-nuisance covenant designed to cover such instances. Generally speaking, such covenants prohibit any practice that interferes with the peaceful possession and proper use of the property by its resident. Clearly a bunch of golf balls aimed at a neighbor’s patio are a nuisance.