Enforcement of City ordinances and state laws, in dealing with nuisance situations, is a formal method of handling neighborhood problems.
However, there are many times when nuisances which are the subject of neighborhood disputes can be handled by informal control more effectively than by formal control. Examples include when the problem may not be a clear violation, the formal City procedures may take a long time, or people may not want to call inspectors or the police about their neighbors.
Common sense tells us that in neighborhoods where people live close together, the order of the day should be consideration for neighbors. We may do something which makes a neighbor uncomfortable or angry. Most people want to keep peace with their neighbors and may not realize that their behavior is inconsiderate, and if asked to quit, may be willing to change a behavior that is bothering others.