Good Neighbor and Landlord/Tenant Guides

Good Neighbor Guide

We all have different expectations of our neighbors. Being a good neighbor helps make Chesterfield neighborhoods great places to live. The outside appearance of your house and property can positively or negatively affect your relationship with your neighbors, your property values and the quality of potential buyers who may become your neighbors.

These simple guidelines will positively affect your neighborhood:

  • Get to know your neighbors to enhance safety and communications. Start a neighborhood Facebook group, participate on Nextdoor or hold social gatherings.
  • Maintain property and home appearance to help protect your property’s value, as well as the value of your neighborhood.
  • Lend a hand by going the extra mile. Drive an elderly neighbor to the grocery store or collect your neighbor’s mail while they are out of town.
  • Volunteer in your community.

Great Neighborhoods Attract Good Neighbors

  1. Property Appearance
  2. Litter, Debris & Garbage
  3. Noise
  4. Property Usage
  5. Right of Way

There are several minor things neighbors can do to keep their streets and neighborhoods desirable:

  • Be aware of the appearance of structures from your neighbor's view, such as your:
    • Dog houses
    • Fences
    • Garage
    • House
    • Sheds
  • Remove litter and debris in right of ways adjacent to your property when safe to do so.
  • Maintain grass and shrubs.
  • Remove piles of leaves and snow.
  • Ensure shrub height does not prevent emergency exits from your house or impair safety.
  • Store the following items inside enclosed structures and away from public view:
    • Auto parts
    • Boxes
    • Coolers
    • Grills
    • Lawn equipment
    • Tools
    • Etc.
  • Return empty garbage and recycling containers to the rear or side of your house the day of pickup. Ask a neighbor to do this for you if you are away.
  • Maintain structural integrity of your home and associated elements like gutters, shutters and trim.             

Please note: These good neighbor recommendations do not supersede or replace official county codes.

Good Landlord/Tenant Guide

We all have different expectations of residences. Being a good landlord or tenant helps make Chesterfield neighborhoods great places to live. The appearance of property can positively or negatively affect the relationship between landlords and tenants, property values and the quality of your neighborhood.

These simple guidelines will positively affect your neighborhood and rental journey.

  1. Stage 1: Rental Knowledge
  2. Stage 2: The Inspection
  3. Stage 3: The Lease
  4. Stage 4: The Occupancy
  5. Stage 5: The Move Out
  6. Resources

Stage 1: Rental Knowledge

Before entering into a rental agreement, remember:  

• Landlords: A landlord can limit the number of occupants for health and safety or legitimate business reasons

• All: The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, familial status (having children), and physical or mental disability (including alcoholism and past drug addiction)

• Tenants: Occupying the same premises for more than 90 consecutive days grants rights