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Anti-Social Behaviour from your Neighbours

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 18 Aug 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Anti-social behaviour can put a tremendous amount of strain on people and, if left unchecked, it can ruin a community all too soon, with disputes between neighbours being a common problem. There are a whole range of laws governing anti-social behaviour, which can lead to legal action being taken against the perpetrator(s).

Anti-social Problems

Anti-social behaviour can incorporate a whole range of issues. These can include problems with:

  • Noisy neighbours
  • Drug taking and drinking on the streets
  • Pets – particularly dangerous dogs and Barking Dogs
  • Litter and graffiti
  • Vandalism
  • Racism
  • Teenage gangs or other forms of intimidating groups or individuals such as young and unruly children
  • Abandoned cars
  • Fly tipping

However, it’s important to remember that in certain instances, anti-social behaviour can mean entirely different things to different people. As neighbours, it’s always necessary to realise that we will often have different values, beliefs and opinions, and so what someone might object to and see as anti-social behaviour may not be covered by any of the legislation. For example, if you like to mow your lawn every week, but your next door neighbours takes a more relaxed attitude towards keeping on top of their garden and only mows it every month or so, then that wouldn’t be classed as anti-social behaviour under the current legislation.

How To Tackle Anti-social Behaviour

There are numerous different approaches to tackling anti-social behaviour involving neighbours living close by. The action to take will often be determined by the type of behaviour involved and the person(s) causing the problem. For example, how you deal with your next door neighbour who is playing their music too loudly after midnight is likely to be very different from how you’d tackle the problem of a gang of teenage youths jumping on top of cars in the street.

In certain situations, you may feel that the problem is serious enough to dial 999 to get the police involved or, at the other end of the scale, you might be able to resolve the problem by having an amicable conversation with a neighbour. Remember that neighbours may not even be aware that they are causing a problem.

In other circumstances, however, your best course of action is likely to involve contacting the relevant department within your local authority or alternatively, getting in touch with your local anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, who is likely to be a member of your local police force. You can find out who that is on the Home Office’s website by simply inputting your postcode. Within that website, there are also details about how you can contact your local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership Representative.

What Happens Next?

If your complaint is investigated, you may be asked to gather evidence by the antisocial behaviour team, which might include keeping a diary or log of the offending behaviour. Depending upon the seriousness of the issue, the police may be called in straight away. Should a particular case go to court, you may also be asked to give evidence.

What About Possible Reprisals?

Many people who are asked to testify against their neighbours in court are frightened to do so for fear of reprisals. However, it can be arranged for you to give evidence anonymously and you do have Confidentiality Rights. Also, a police officer, a doctor, health worker, council official or teacher can also give evidence on your behalf if you feel particularly vulnerable.

Other Solutions

In many cases of antisocial behaviour involving neighbours or other members of the community, a resolution can often be obtained before the matter even gets to court. Official warning letters and interviews can sometimes be sufficient to stop the problem, but other methods include drawing up Acceptable Behaviour Agreements or Parenting Contracts as well as Fixed Penalty Notices and Noise Abatement Notices. The courts also have the power to issue Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and can resort to other methods such as dispersal orders and demoted tenancies, for example. Read more about how to apply for an anti social behaviour order.

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I have a nieghbour downstairs ( in a set of flatsthree downstairs threeupstairs ? ) My neighbour below me tends to come up thestairs early hours of the morning from 2.00AM to 6.00AMany timesduring them hours ? He sneaks up the stairs and listen at ma door and looking through mykeyhole and also he goes through my rubbish bagslate on nitethis bloke is a total wierdo,creepy and a spooky blokewhat and whywould posses some oneto do such a thingI feellike I'm reading on egg shells,intmidated, uncomfortable , on edgeI'm not a noisy or a nuisancenieghbour ,what can I do and get done about this freaky, spooky wierdo
Scottie - 18-Aug-18 @ 7:31 PM
gaz - Your Question:
I have new neighbours and noticed he had rats under his shed,i went round to tell them and the lady said she knew ,and he feeds them.i reported it to the council and they sent him a letter but he still continues to feed them.

Our Response:
Go back to environmental health, they have powers to take further action against this resident if he is encouraging vermin that may present a health problem.
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Aug-18 @ 11:45 AM
Most of the people on here aren't even British. Of course everyone deserves to live in peace and tranquility. However, if you aren't happy then move out or go home. You must have funds to have upped sticks and moved to another country? No? Then you're draining the DWP and your housing is FREE. Was your original country's living conditions worse or better? Weigh up the pros and cons. As for everyone else, the council and police are not your only hope. Fear is a remarkable tool-use it. I understand some bad neighbours are threatening and violent so try to think of another way around that to scare them. Saying 'I'll call the police' to some people is like throwing petrol on a fire. Try using other ways. Think out of the box. Good luck.
NoNameSorry - 4-Aug-18 @ 6:27 PM
I have new neighboursand noticed he had rats under his shed,i went round to tell them and the lady said she knew ,and he feeds them.i reported it to the council and they sent him a letter but he still continues to feed them.
gaz - 3-Aug-18 @ 9:22 PM
I know some of you here and You make up False allegations to violate People's privacy get people fined And evicted and you even use your nationality religion and caluture differences to get people convicted Then the people you falsely acuuse get released later cause Thier inocentyou women and men deserve what you get you should be thrown in jail for life all Of youwho protects good Honest people from you guys As long as you guys and women keep doing what your doing Every one will continue to live in fear I hope one day the law works Soon To protect us from such people Kind Regards Your local judge Retired
No Laden - 3-Aug-18 @ 12:32 PM
A neighbour is regularly stirring trouble and today started shouting at my partner who is anglo Indian because he was watering the garden and was saying you did it yesterday.I sent downstairs to see what was happening and he picked up his walking frame and came towards me with it.I said threatening to him a woman whereby he slammed it into the cupboard.Can we take any action against hm?
bhuda - 22-Jul-18 @ 11:01 PM
I am in a nice new style 3 storey block of flats ... I own It.... I have lived here on the 3rd floor for 19 years . Despite not having a factor the communal areas have been kept clear and well maintenances.A young couple have bought and moved into a flat opposite me on the landing and this week have bolted a dirty bike under the window ... I am sooo upset.I asked the girl where It came from, and intimated that her Partner counldn t store itthere because It s common area and they don t own the landing and it’s a potential issue with our buildings insurance as all common areas should be free of debris and hazards.I gave It 3 days and chapped there door tonight to ask for an update as to when the bike will be moved .... the guy gave me tons of abuse and told me Itwas allowed via common law ..... he says he s a litigator (we are in Scotland ) and he can do what he wants .... I need help ... it looks dreadful and all our neighbours are concerned what could be next ! ... help please I need a quote to give this person as he won t listen .....I asked why he thought he could store his personal belongings in an area that He doesn t own... he said he could ?.? Pleas help my blood pressure is through the roof !
Jay - 15-Jul-18 @ 11:52 PM
I am having the issue of going to court twice against bad neighbours. I live alone and the tenants sub let they are blaming me for noise and he evenhad me arrested said I was going to stab him ( he was high) I spent a day explaining I was asleep and I was shaken everytime I hear a siren I feel I will be arrested as that is now in place I am on bail and they never took forensics but im blamed. he went in clawed his face and im to blame for that . I said why didnt you take evidence from under my nails? why am I too blame for police incompetence. well I have court twice seeking possession of my home and he will not stop walking around under windows shouting abuse at me should I react I am arrested. I refused a date a coffee and rang his works saying I want to speak to his manger to be left alone because he gave me his works details and I dont want a thing to do with it. now he is trying to set me up as if im stalking him what one earth he is ugly, revolts me. he now has a woman with kids going in and out shouting they throw things inside outside you get the idea. he is now dragging things on the floor so it scrapes the carpeted floor just to irritate. he has severe mental health issues and is smashing things daily, paranoid all the time.screaming he even made weird noises under window yelling arghhh rock on rock...im petrifed of them and they will be back in an hour after getting food. bail conditions say cant ring landlord cant ring police. yet he has a 1997 harassment order on me. what for? turning him down? no because while high and angered that when knocking my door I wont answer and be polite to let him in so he could attack me. he now makes things up and as i live alone I cant defend myself .im scared to death im having to stay out in all conditions due to him smashing things. taken to a&E as they thought I had had a stroke just really upset. what do I do?I will lose my home due to a psyhco neighbour and because i rang his works asking to be left alone I now am getting told upto 10k compensation and posisble jail time. im innocent ive not done a thing wrong ever in life im so confused and trapped. I am afraid help me please
sara - 15-Jul-18 @ 4:14 PM
I live in a 2 story flat on the ground floor. I own the property, they above rent. The children had drawn chalk murals all over my walls, about 4ft in width and 6ft in height. The children are of preschool and primary school age so they must of had adult help. When I got home and found it I knoxked on their door but they didn't answer despite being in. I washed it off. In the morning I got an angry knock at the door, with them shouting abuse and they said they will do it again and if I wash it off we will have a "talk". I am happy to dicuss a compromise event though it is my wall, maybe they do it by their door and not right next to mine, but there aggressive and bulling attitude and attempt to be intimidating has annoyed me. Sure enough a massive six foot drawing (clearly) done by an adult... Too neat) was millimeters away from my window Is there anything legally I can do? Thanks in advance
Alli - 5-Jul-18 @ 9:07 PM
Ali - Your Question:
I tend to hear some really loud drunk people shouting and swearing in the streets usually in the early hours of the morning and it’s really disgusting as other people are trying to sleep and all they hear are loud men swearing really loudly

Our Response:
Unfortunately there isn't a great deal you can do about this as usually if you contact the police, they people will have moved on by the time the police get there. You could mention it to your local PCSO who could pass it on to the community policing team; they may be able to patrol the area occasionally to move people on.
ProblemNeighbours - 2-Jul-18 @ 11:13 AM
I need help please, Recently next to my house moved some gypsies, like maybe 8, 9 all mans and they are noisy and suspicious! Because my house is attached I can hear everything and is verry disturbing! And they are knocking at night on my wall near to my bed! I am scared, what can I do?
Tam - 29-Jun-18 @ 10:43 PM
I tend to hear some really loud drunk people shouting and swearing in the streets usually in the early hours of the morning and it’s really disgusting as other people are trying to sleep and all they hear are loud men swearing really loudly
Ali - 28-Jun-18 @ 7:24 AM
Cassandra - Your Question:
My “neighbour” keeps throwing glass over the wall into our vegetables patch our dog could cut its paws. They have loud parties and dinner barbecues until 1.00 am. Their hideous gauge tees party till the early ours outdoors photographing their genitals. The man mows the lawn on a ride on mower for eight ours a day over bank holidays. She mows aswell and they kick our fence aswell and call the police out if we cut a few twiglets off their leyladii that is 40 ‘ tall and overhangs our garden. He is a parish councillor so don’t think we have a chance to complain against him.What to do?

Our Response:
Talk to your local police about the glass in your garden and the offensive behaviour of the teenagers. If the noise is excessive and unreasonable, environmental health might be able to take action. Just because the neighbour is a parish councillor does not give him protection from the law.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Jun-18 @ 2:28 PM
Burkey - Your Question:
My neighbours have lived here for 10 months , And I'm having to sleep in me Dads to sleep of a night, my council are a waste of space. They think I'm complaining just to get a transfer, but what they won't do , is come and check the problem tenants out. They are constantly banging , playing loud music ,shouting , over filling the wheelie bins, running over my head, the council have all the evidence. I have a disability but this council don't care.If the council go to them they make more noise. The tenants are smack heads.

Our Response:
It's probably worth trying environmental health if it's more of an noise issue, we find council housing offices tend to try and brush this kind of thing aside.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Jun-18 @ 2:09 PM
I want some help with my neighbours they are using anti social behaviour towards me and my husband they had us both locked up. The woman upstairs is always banging all times of the night she vacuums her house at midnight to 3am in the morning and starts banging around and drilling her floorboards trying break into my property she caused a bedbug and a bug infestation since she moved in 2 yrs ago I think she puts bugs in my house I have seen holes in my ceilings and there’s leaks in my property she has caused damp and leaks in the walls and ceilings. When she has a bath she starts banging her boiler and water drips into my property in my hallway, bedroom and bathroom there is leaks in the walls and ceilings there’s is water on my hallway floor patches are visible. No one has had any work to sort the problem. She also tried to walk into my house when I was cleaning up outside. The next door to her tries to break into my property I heard him trying to break in the front door of my house today and he went round the back and he looked angry because he couldn’t get in and then he went out. He also stalks me and he tries to pickpocket me on the bus he stole money off me when he first moved here I was outside my front door I had bags of shopping he asked me if I needed help he saw a twenty pound note hanging out of my pocket and he took it. He has pickpocketed me in front of people on the bus and other people pick my pockets and bag on the bus they have seen him doing and everything things they can rob me now. He is on drugs and Alcohol he throws glass alcohol bottles and smashes them outside my house and leaves cigarette butts on the floor in my front garden and by the tree on the St.He also watches me when I am on my toilet and when I am bathing because my bathroom is at front of the house he looks through the letterbox and the front window. I have covered my window and I have to tape my letterbox up when I bath I am scared to bath now I feel like he is a dirty old man I think he records me because I have heard clicking sounds when I am in the bath and people look at me funny and make comments when I am out in public when I have had a bath. The other man who lives next to me on the other side upstairs next to the alley he has a dog he is always shouting at his dog shouting Henry get here and his dog is always pooing in my front garden and in the public phone box and weeing all over the place. I didn’t know at first I thought it was cats but I have only noticed this problem since he moved into the property he’s always throwing food wrappers,takeaway’s, sweet wrappers and empty cans of pop and alcohol cans and bottles outside my property. He has letters sent to my address without my permission and my mail goes missing a lot and the postman doesn’t post my letters properly he leaves my letters half in and half out it’s only one postman who does this he’s a black male with dreadlocks the other postmen post my letters properly it’s like my neighbours are te
Vinnie - 13-Jun-18 @ 2:15 AM
Our opposite neighbours park constantly opposite our drive and advise their guests to do the same. This is because we asked them friendly to stop, so they do it more,because he’s got a new woman with a kid to move in and let’s her do whatever she wants to his existing friendly neighbours to impress her. She’s a loud mouthed northerner with a kid who’s got shacked up with him on their first date to hook him and live there. Good luck to him, bad luck for us!!
Cassandra - 9-Jun-18 @ 8:01 PM
My “neighbour” keeps throwing glass over the wall into our vegetables patch our dog could cut its paws. They have loud parties and dinner barbecues until 1.00 am. Their hideous gauge tees party till the early ours outdoors photographing their genitals. The man mows the lawn on a ride on mower for eight ours a day over bank holidays. She mows aswell and they kick our fence aswell and call the police out if we cut a few twiglets off their leyladii that is 40 ‘ tall and overhangs our garden. He is a parish councillor so don’t think we have a chance to complain against him. What to do?
Cassandra - 9-Jun-18 @ 7:55 PM
My neighbours have lived here for 10 months , And I'm having to sleep in me Dads to sleep of a night, my council are a waste of space. They think I'm complaining just to get a transfer, but what they won't do , is come and check the problem tenants out. They are constantly banging , playing loud music ,shouting , over filling the wheelie bins, running over my head, the council have all the evidence . I have a disability but this council don't care. If the council go to them they make more noise. The tenants are smack heads.
Burkey - 9-Jun-18 @ 7:03 PM
Tam - Your Question:
I would like to know if this constitutes anti social behaviour - as it is now escalating. Our next door neighbours, who rent their house, are heavy smokers - they have terrible smokers' coughs but don't seem bothered. They stand outside their back door smoking (it's a rented house) and the smoke drifts over the fence and into our kitchen if our door is open - as it often is in this warm weather. The doors face each other and it's unavoidable despite the fence. It's extremely unpleasant and it really upsets my husband as both his parents died of smoking related illnesses, so he is particularly sensitive. They claim not to understand English, so speaking to them and asking if they could simply smoke further down the garden has no effect. It's escalating as last night he shouted at them to stop smoking, they laughed, so he threw a cup of water over the fence and they then turned on their outdoor hose pipe and directed it at our door. The kitchen got soaked and there was a lot of swearing. My husband wants to report this to the police but I am worried that there will be counter allegations - he admits he reacts badly but says it's because it triggers his grief and anger over his parents, which of course they won't know. They probably think he is just a crazy man. Would really appreciate an opinion before contacting the council's asb unit.

Our Response:
Follow the steps in our guide here first of all.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Jun-18 @ 11:02 AM
I would like to know if this constitutes anti social behaviour - as it is now escalating.Our next door neighbours, who rent their house, are heavy smokers - they have terrible smokers' coughs but don't seem bothered.They stand outside their back door smoking (it's a rented house) and the smoke drifts over the fence and into our kitchen if our door is open - as it often is in this warm weather.The doors face each other and it's unavoidable despite the fence.It's extremely unpleasant and it really upsets my husband as both his parents died of smoking related illnesses, so he is particularly sensitive.They claim not to understand English, so speaking to them and asking if they could simply smoke further down the garden has no effect.It's escalating as last night he shouted at them to stop smoking, they laughed, so he threw a cup of water over the fence and they then turned on their outdoor hose pipe and directed it at our door.The kitchen got soaked and there was a lot of swearing.My husband wants to report this to the police but I am worried that there will be counter allegations - he admits he reacts badly but says it's because it triggers his grief and anger over his parents, which of course they won't know.They probably think he is just a crazy man.Would really appreciate an opinion before contacting the council's asb unit.
Tam - 6-Jun-18 @ 4:50 PM
Rose - Your Question:
We have neighbour that are always complaining we being loud the walls are paper thin as we hear conversation from them and never complain. They send me a rude note threatening agency's. I just polite one saying we don't mind them letting us know by bashing on the wall and how sorry we were ect. But now I noticed roughly 11pm they are bashing the wall once every night we are in bed no sound is being made. I reckon they are doing this because they are recording it or something. I don't know what to do any help and advice greatly appreciated we try are best to keep everyone happy.

Our Response:
Perhaps try and have a word with them and say you can hear "bashing" noises at 11pm every night depsite the fact that you're all already in bed and making no sound. Ask them if they could try and find out what it is? This might just do the trick!
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Jun-18 @ 10:12 AM
We have neighbour that are always complaining we being loud the walls are paper thin as we hear conversation from them and never complain. They send me a rude note threatening agency's. I just politeone saying we don't mind them letting us know by bashing on the wall and how sorry we were ect. But now I noticed roughly 11pm they are bashing the wall once every night we are in bed no sound is being made. I reckon they are doing this because they are recording it or something. I don't know what to do any help and advice greatly appreciated we try are best to keep everyone happy.
Rose - 3-Jun-18 @ 12:34 AM
Our neighbours shout abuse at us for anything we do or sit and comment to each other loudly about anything we do. We had music on in the garden at 3pm one day last year and we got nothing but abuse. If he had only asked for it to be turned down I would of done it. I haven't played music again in fear of the abuse again. They then lied to the council about us saying we have music blaring all the time which we dont. They then gave us abuse for having a bbq at 3pm!! They are making our life hell. They seem to think anything we do is anti social!! But the abuse we keep getting from them from doing very little is very distressing. Don't know what to do x
Suzie8421 - 28-May-18 @ 8:41 PM
I live in a small cul-de-sac. Five years ago i had the misfortune of having two of the most inconsiderate neighbours ever move next to me. 1) Our upstairs hall windows are directly opposite.It became apparent after a week or so that theirupstairs light was going to be left on from sun down to sun up every single day.I did speak to the husband and for a few days their bathroom light was left on but then they just went back to the hall light.So my house continued to be lit up throughout the night. I bought blackout curtains but they are not 100% effective as they are not flush to the wall.So I continue to put up with it. 2) windchimes!!!! they decided to put these up outside their kitchen window adjacent to my bedroom window.Well as i am a lightsleeper i put a polite note through their door asking them to remove them at night.Husband response "it's not bloody big ben".....never the less they were removed. 3) persistent blocking of my driveway by occupiers son/daughter whilst having a convo with female occupier and having them think it funny to ignore me and pretend they can't hear me . I have ended up having some huge rows with the female occupier who never says a word unless she's got someone with her. I came to realise that they were deliberately winding me up and i wasn't prepared to get into trouble because of them so got the police involved. They were spoken to,as was I and things seemed to calm down. This was in oct 2016. In oct 2017 they were reported by someone to the rspca.I had their daughter at my door being rude.Of course straight to me when its nothing to do with me. shortly after next door get home from their holidays i get a police officer at my door. He gives me a list of issues they have phoned about.....His face was a picture and he was less than impressed when i told him these issues had been dealt with and are what i had said when i got the police involved originally. I told him i had not even spoken to them since the following oct. This was all because they had been reported to the rspca and blamed me. They also lied saying my dog has stopped them from sleeping by barking when without fail when he goes out last thing at night their house is lit up like a christmas tree....not a house whose occupants are asleep and he doesn't bark. I subsequently made a complaint of harassmentfor which they have been spoken to. I have kept my distance from these people. The wife continues to have her moments. Back in january after heavy snow she cleared the pathway outside her house and i watched her throw snow into the road right in line with my driveway rather than put it by the kerb. This has all happened because i had the nerve to ask for some consideration. And I was polite about it until pushed to far. I don't want to have to make things legal but I will not be intimdated. What other course of action is there?
Larry - 27-May-18 @ 3:58 PM
My neighbours sit facing my house on the road drinking swearing shouting the kids screaming up and down and they shout at my guests drunk on one occiasion they did shout back as this is daily at first i didnt report it too the housing but they did it feels they can do exactly what they want but if we say anything were in trouble i can count about 20 times this has happened im at my witts end what can i do as i love my house.
Bessy - 27-May-18 @ 3:38 PM
Hello I stay in a mid terraced house and have a Dutch neighbour at one side and a Cypriot at the other end and when we sit out these both speak on the phone loudly and speaking there own language and even listen to there foreign music is this ok to do.so as when we are sitting out in the nice weather I feel.its not right could anyone help with similar situation.
Ronnie - 27-May-18 @ 1:20 PM
Fred- Your Question:
Two men moved in next door and they are making my life hell ,this is an elderly resident area and they play music tha t thuds all the time ,one of them is a very violent person I have lived here 35 years and now I hate it what can I do

Our Response:
If the music is played at unsociable hours you can contact your environmental health department. See our 6 point guide here for more information
ProblemNeighbours - 21-May-18 @ 12:03 PM
Two men moved in next door and they are making my life hell ,this is an elderly resident area and they play music tha t thuds all the time ,one of them is a very violent person I have lived here 35 years and now I hate it what can I do
Fred - 19-May-18 @ 4:52 PM
M34 - Your Question:
HiIs curently 1.50am and the upstaires neightbers are playing loud music and dancing around. We have a 5 year old dooughter and it afects all and we cannot sleap. This is happening every week. Can you please advice. Thanks

Our Response:
Here are the 6 steps we recommend:
1.A Gentle Request - talk to the neighbour, they may not realise the impact they are having on you
2. A Letter or Note - see our templates section on this website for help
3. Mediation/Involving Other People - ask someone you both trust or use mediation service
4. Keep a Record of Everything - this is useful for taking the next steps
5. Environmental Health - they have a duty to investigate noise and some anti-social behaviour complaints
6. Legal Help - talk to a solicitor about taking a private legal action.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-May-18 @ 12:20 PM
My neighbours drink smoke cannabis and go in areas of where I live they should not they have children also. I do not like how they are making the neighbourhood we had a nice community and it is becoming distasteful and corrupt
Lou - 7-May-18 @ 6:40 PM
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