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Like a bad neighbor, Jake Paul is there: three tips if you have a jerk next door




YouTube celebrity Jake Paul rides a dirt bike in his home's backyard pool. Antics like this have angered his neighbors.
YouTube celebrity Jake Paul rides a dirt bike in his home's backyard pool. Antics like this have angered his neighbors.
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Los Angeles may be a big and challenging city, but when you have a bad neighbor all those problems are suddenly very close to home.

Take the case of YouTube celebrity Jake Paul. He's living the life, renting out a house in Beverly Grove.

For fun, though, this 20-year-old and his friends do things like drive a dirt bike into the backyard pool, set furniture on fire, or encourage his fans to flock outside his home at all hours.

His neighbors are pretty angry with his antics.

"It used to be a nice quiet street and now we're just like this war zone," Maytal Dahan told KTLA. "We are families here, and we're more than happy to have them live here if they're respectful to their neighbors, but they're not."

Some of Jake Paul's neighbors are thinking of bringing a class-action lawsuit against him for being a public nuisance.

Need advice on how to handle a bad neighbor? Take Two got some advice from etiquette expert Amy Alkon, author of "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say the F-Word."

Don't tell them what to do

"Criticizing someone does not make them want to change," says Alkon. "It makes them want to clobber you."

It's because of a psychological phenomenon where if someone tries to control our actions, our reactionary impulse is to rebel.

Instead, try to treat them as a polite person who just didn't realize that their actions are impacting your own life.

"So you say, 'You probably didn't notice or you probably didn't know, and I just wanted to let you know...," she suggests. "What you don't do is tell them what to do."

What if that person doesn't listen anyway?

There are noise laws and as a last resort, you can contact the police. Ideally, do it in coordination with your other neighbors.

"If you're a whole neighborhood going after somebody who's behaving really rudely, the police need to actually do something," says Alkon.

It also makes it harder for the offender to identify – or even retaliate – against one specific person.

How to avoid moving next to a bad neighbor to begin with

"Go and check out the neighborhood at all hours when you're going to move into a place," she says.

See what it's like at night or in the morning, when you're most likely to be disturbed while in bed.

"You do have a right to a quiet environment in your home," says Alkon.