FCS5231-01 1. This document is FCS5231-01, one of a series of the Departme nt of Family, Youth and Commun ity Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, University of Florida. Publication: May 2002. Reviewed by Caro l J. Lehtola, Ph.D., assistant professor, Agricultural Safety and Health, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, I nstitute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, University of Flor ida. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Mary N. Harrison, professor, Departme nt of Family, Youth and Community Sciences Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. Renting a Home: Good Neighbors1 Mary N. Harrison2 Good neighbors make a good neighborhood. A good neighborhood has: Privacy. Quiet, no noise pollution. Controlled children and pets. Safety. There is no fear of verbal or physical abuse. Children play outside without harm. Cooperative residents respect their property and the rights of their neighbors. No stray or unsupervised animals. Crime free. Appearance. Premises are clean and orderly. No junked vehicles. No overflowing trash. You are a good neighbor when you: Keep your home neat and clean. Make sure there is no trash or clutter in your yard including bottles, packages, and garbage. Keep lids on trash containers, avoid overflowing containers, and promptly remove the trash containers after trash and garbage collection. Supervise children so they do not annoy others, vandalize, or destroy property. Dont yell or scream at children. Manage pets so they do not roam, cross into others yards for bathroom breaks, bark, or create a nuisance. Control your pets. Animal Control Number __________________ Behave courteously and politely to your neighbors. Avoid disagreements and especially angry responses. Cool heads and polite responses prevent problems. Work with your neighbors to keep your community neat and safe. Organize or join a neighborhood crime watch if there is one to keep the neighborhood safe. Crime Watch Number ________________________. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal oppor tunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other se rvices only to individual s and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servic e office. Florida Cooperative Extension Serv ice/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences /University of Florida/Christine Taylor Waddil l, Dean.