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Hints and Tips on Dealing With Troublesome Neighbours

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 18 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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We all hope that our neighbours are going to be friendly and reasonable, but unfortunately some people just aren’t easy to get along with. While being tolerant is the key, there can be a point where tolerance is no longer an option and you really have to start dealing with any problems you’re having.

First Steps in Neighbour Disputes

Neighbourhood Disputes Are Common and it is always advisable to try the softly, softly approach first, instead of going in all guns blazing. Don’t approach a problem when you’ve had no sleep due to yours neighbours partying, or you’ve just found beer bottles thrown over your fence into your back garden.

1. A Gentle Request

Ask the offending neighbour if you can have a quiet word with them, and try to stay friendly. They may not have realised that you could hear so much, or that unruly children have been making a pest of themselves. Give them the benefit of the doubt and see if you can resolve any niggling issues without any bad feeling.

2. A Letter or Note

If you feel intimidated by your neighbour, you could always try writing a letter, rather than speaking to them face to face - Here are some templates we've produced to help you. Of course, some bad neighbours just don’t care what they do, and in this case you probably don’t want to inflame the situation, so you might want to try another tactic to deal with the problems. Don’t suffer in silence – there are avenues to go down for help.

3. Mediation/Involving Other People

Because problem neighbours are sadly a fact of life in many towns, there are dedicated Neighbour Conciliation and Mediation services now on offer, which aim to try to Mediate Between Neighbours who can’t reach an amicable solution to their issues.

You should be able to find your local service through your local council website or helpline.

4. Keep a Record of Everything

Once things have escalated to the point where you can’t resolve a dispute amicably, you need to start keeping evidence of why the neighbour’s behaviour is bad enough to warrant further action or mediation.

Make a note of every incident that bothers you – noise, mess, anti-social behaviour, and anything you think that should be included. Photographs, video, anything that proves your case will be useful – but be careful taking pictures of people as this could inflame the situation if you’re caught! If you write any letters, keep copies.

5. Environmental Health

Your first port of call is to Contact The Environmental Health Department of your local council. They will have policies and procedures in place to help you deal with problem neighbours, so ask what they are and whether you can see them.

You need to ask them if they will get involved on your behalf, and what you need to do to start action – all councils have slightly different ways of approaching the issue but they will all have some guidelines.

6. Legal Help with Problem Neighbours

Some house insurance policies include free legal advice services. so check your own policies to see whether you have access to any of these. They might be able to give you some good advice on the next steps if council intervention is getting you nowhere.

It might also be worthwhile trying to get a fixed fee legal appointment with a local solicitor, to see if they can help you by writing a letter to your neighbour. This is a last resort though – legal letters do have a way of inflaming already tense situations. Don’t start legal action unless you really have exhausted all other options.

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I had a bad aggressive neighbor for more than ten years. I had threats of violence and name calling. I tried a softly, softly approach to him by being polite and curtiouse, but none of this worked. After two years of verbal abuse I offered him the opportunity of a punch up. He declined. So fair enough I left it at that. Then after a while he started again. So once more I suggested he have a real go at me with his fists, and he took the opportunity. Only to find out I don't use my fists. Instead I through him on his back in judo style. After that he made some stories up about me making too much noise at night (even tho we both lived in detached houses) and told the coppers. This went on for about 8 years with regular visits from the law. Eventually he was caught out by the police about the lies he was making up. His wife ( I believe is the gaffer ) wasn't too pleased with him. And the following month they had house up for sale. They have now moved. Always stand up to bad neighbours never give in. Let them know that they're walking into a brick wall with you. But only if you've done nothing wrong.
Don - 18-Oct-18 @ 1:27 AM
I had a bad aggressive neighbor for more than ten years. I had threats of violence and name calling. I tried a softly, softly approach to him by being polite and curtiouse, but none of this worked. After two years of verbal abuse I offered him the opportunity of a punch up. He declined. So fair enough I left it at that. Then after a while he started again. So once more I suggested he have a real go at me with his fists, and he took the opportunity. Only to find out I don't use my fists. Instead I through him on his back in judo style. After that he made some stories up about me making too much noise at night (even tho we both lived in detached houses) and told the coppers. This went on for about 8 years with regular visits from the law. Eventually he was caught out by the police about the lies he was making up. His wife ( I believe is the gaffer ) wasn't too pleased with him. And the following month they had house up for sale. They have now moved. Always stand up to bad neighbours never give in. Let them know that they're walking into a brick wall with you. But only if you've done nothing wrong.
Don - 18-Oct-18 @ 1:27 AM
Ive lived in a council flat since November 2016 Its a block of 4 and i understand its easy to hear noise but i feel like im living with a loud noisy aggressive bully on my doorstep. Ever since ive moved in ive had trouble with him, i keepe myself to myself and i have tried to ignore him but i suffer with depression and the situation is making me ill and i dont want to be in my own home. He was blasting music so loud at all times of day, sometimes you could hear it right up the street....so i eventually complained to noise nuisance. He knew it was me because i had words with him on one ocassion. After noise nuisance went he was very agressive shouting out the window swearing at me which i ignored, was staring at me out of the window and in his garden when i would go out trying to be intimidating. On most days i could hear him agressively screaming, swearing at his girlfriend, running up and down stairs, banging and slamming doors. Other things such as lighting fireworks outside my bedroom window and laughing. His dog barking for hours, leaving its mess outside my front door. Well a few months ago he disappeared suddenly and i thought he had thank god left the property. I started to consider staying in my flat and feel more comfortable. However hes only been back one day and already had screaming, swearing, doors banging etc. I did tell my housing officer once but she didnt seem very interested. I dont feel i can approach him due to him clearly finding what he does funny and the aggressive behaviour. Im scared of the reprisals to myself and my property i live alone and im sick of it all.
Chaney - 11-Sep-18 @ 10:14 AM
Been in my dwelling for 24yrears, with great neighbours both sides, everyone gets on with each other, never had a miss word with any neighbours, then the tennant moved in 2 years ago & turned my life into a living hell. I have been down every avenue in the correct order from enviroment health, tennants housing association, ASB officer from her housing, even agreed to mediation (just to get an answer why shes detests me so much,)again arranged by her housing association, on which she canceled twice & told them she dont want mediation... I've never spoken to her but shes bullys me when i'm alone intimidates me to another neighbour telling lies about me, reports any visitors i have to 101. Asks my neighbour what i've been doing in my garden when shes out??? & asked him if he has talked to me. Its spooks me out has i have a 7ft fence at the back with permission & a6ft hedge at the front, its impossible for her to see visitors i do belive she goes up stairs in her bedrooms to get descriptions on my friends or family then rings 101 saying shes being harrased. Her family have threatend me, silent bullies me when im alone, i have recordings on this diarys times dates whats been shouted over the fence at me,ive had dog poo chucked over onto my garden, grandson 16mths old stood in it,she even admitted to her housing asscoiation she used acid spray on my fence causing damage by killing & pulling off the lvy which caused the slats to drop snap & now have peep holes, where she yanked the ivy off my fence, the acid she sprayed came over & it went on my partner, I hav'nt been in my garden for months as i get intimidated lied about &bullied. I tried the silent game hoping she would get board & leave me alone, but it seems to have made her worse,I am now thinking of contacting the housing ombudsman with all 2yrs evidence on the tennants verbal threats and horrid behaviour. Has every avenue i have been down has stated, theres a block.Its not nice living next door to a preditor waiting for its pray with her ringing 101 & making me feel drained stressed & unwell with all. Even stopped family & friends coming over so i dont get harrassed.
Petal - 10-Sep-18 @ 4:07 PM
Samantha, install a basic phone cctv to show the behaviour and then contact the police on 101 and suggest your the victim of doorbell robbery, but you’ve managed to keep them at bay so far. can’t sleep, I point you to the Antosocial Behviour Act. I’m guessing it’s the noise so both council and police are required to act (no pun intended) orders Edit Part IA of the Act ("Premises associated with persistent disorder or nuisance") was inserted by Section 118 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, and came into force in December 2008. Known as a Part 1A Closure Order or Antisocial Behaviour Closure Order[4][5] the new Sections 11A-11L of the 2003 Act permit the police or local authority to apply to Magistrates to close premises where they are satisfied that within the preceding three months[6] the premises have been associated with "significant and persistent disorder or persistent serious nuisance to members of the public."[7] The order can be made in respect of business or residential premises.[8] Similar to the Part 1 Order (Crack House Closure Order), it becomes an offence to remain in or re-enter the premises for the duration of the order.[9] You may be surprised to find your Council has the power to ask a court to order the, not to return. My longest order was 6 months
Rooster - 19-Aug-18 @ 6:49 PM
I have an actual rogue landlord who has gotten away with so much by our london borough council. I have complained to them and my local mp who actually said i was using her as a pawn in a game and not to contact her again my upstairs neighbours are drug dealers carry knives and have very dodgy friends coming round ringing my bell at all hours of the day and night. As a single mum it is terrifying to have a group of guys demanding to be let in at 1.2. 3am etc. The council literally just refer me to their web pages on anti social behaviour my other neighbours moved and i feel so scared and isolated.
Samantha - 23-Jul-18 @ 8:52 PM
We have a young couple who have moved next door into a council owned house, with 4 kids aged between 2-7. The kids bound around the house, especially first thing on weekend mornings, never during the week. We can hear them constantly stomping up and down the stairs and screaming from around 7am. They recently bought a new tumble dryer. Which they proceeded to put on an auto programme to keep clicking on and off.........all night. This went on for a few weeks, until I gave up and asked the young man if he could knock it off at 9-10 pm as it was keeping us awake. He agreed. Nice and quiet for a week, then it started again, and I mean it was running all night, this dull monotonous vibration, clicking on and off every 10 mins or so. Asked again, politely, nice and quiet for a week, then it started again. Thought sod this, called the council for advice. They told me it was not reasonable and to fill in a timetable of noise over a week, did that sent it back and they sent a housing officer round to see them. She denied everything, played dumb and said she couldn't think what was causing the noise!! This went on for a month or so, it would be quiet for a week then they'd start running it all night again. Spoke with the guy again (he knocked on my door) he requested we stopped speaking with the council and we would sort it out between us, any problems just bang on their door, I agreed and thought fair enough. So again, nice quiet couple of weeks, then they start putting it on at 6am and 7 am on weekend mornings. Twice I've had to bang on their door at 11.30 pm asking them to turn it off. 'Sorry, we've forgotten to turn it off' would be the reply, then the very next morning she would start it at 6.30 am (this is during the week) waking us up. They have a rotary clothes drying post set up in the garden which very rarely gets any use even though we are in the middle of one of the warmest spells of weather we've had for years. Every time we've spoken there has not been any cross words, but I'm rapidly losing patience. I feel they are totally ignorant, with a complete lack of understanding for us. Not really sure what to do? I think I'll speak with them one more time, and say it's the last chance, they'll leave me with one option, which is to contact the council again.
can't_sleep - 3-Jul-18 @ 8:38 AM
Hi. We have new neighbour upstairs (council flat). Since end of dec-2016 we have problems with them. We reported them for loud music, damage of the property, harasement, verbal abuse. In reward they called police to say that my partner beat guy up and reported him for claiming career benefits although he is in full time job. Other day they called police saying we cut their antena cable on the roof. We had to install cctv systems to protect ourselfs from them so police could see that they are making up the storys. Council (bristol) do not react, they are changing workers alocated to the case. Envirental Healt Department, Noise Pollution, Comunity Trigger, no one cartes. They just tell us fill diarys. We sending diarys, cctv footage, pictures. But they are keep saying they dont have it even some of the paper work been handed hand to hand. Police saying that they cannot prosecute them for damage to the property. When we asked Noise Polution for recording device to prove how loud is the music they send us letter litterally telling us 'its pointless'. We went thrue mediation but it didnt solved anything. They said they are planning to do more damage to our property. Now, guy upstairs is doing some work and he keep door open so the dust goes down on staircase and into our flat. Council trully do not help, they do not even want to help. As one of the prevoius council workers said to me on the phone 'ms Drew i will not help you', so we end up with another one. I am trying to find some solicitior who could help but its impossible. Whenever i rang someone they say that they do not deal with neighhbour disputes. We still must wait few more months before we contact Ombudsman, again.
rosepetal - 30-Jun-18 @ 2:59 PM
Although I'm sure your site has noble intentions; it doesn't seem to offer any truly effective advice aside from conventional sources such as Citizens advice and environmental health etc: both are over stressed and under funded "government band aids" for the 'gaping wound of anti social loutish behaviour' from an increasingly feral populace; who realise that there are very few dire consequences to their actions. I blame political correctness and the compensation culture borne of it.
Disgruntled - 26-Jun-18 @ 1:17 AM
Ongoing problems with semi detached new neightbour.Lasytyear he used my end gutter to supplement his rear roof extension rainfall drainage.Just recently he built an ugly porch with pitched roof at front and today noticed that a down pipe inside a rain butt was ri.ght by our boudary in the middle of the 2 houses.Shortly afterwards I realised that he had sloped his new guttering instead of towards the end at the side as before, he had sloped it towards me thus directing the rain in the opposite direction than before again to make my guttering take most of is rain when we have a storm/peltdown.His guttering is small too.When his water butt overflows it will flow over to my side as I am lower than him. The poster who wondered if 20" was far enough away from neighbours fence, my NFH built a 6'long summer house on raised land towering above my 24 year-old shed and used my shed side as his fence panel. on the boundary and said my shed was too near. Unbelievable but true.
twinkletoes - 16-Jun-18 @ 5:51 PM
I had a lovely house then my mum died an i was alonesoon i met someone and we had a son not long after i was pregnant again with tripletsso when they where born we both slept on the couches, which ened up being 4 yeas , we found a house and our neighbour tells our kids off and is nasty , they have twins and they are horrible aswell i dont know what we did, but my kids are ; being affaid if playing in there own garden,
Lyn - 16-Jun-18 @ 7:03 AM
My partner and I have a mortgage on a ground floor converted flat (originally built 1950's). New tenants moved in upstairs two months ago and we immediately noticed the increased noise levels (kids jumping on the very squeaky bed or drumming on the radiator at 06:00am.) We spoke to the tenant who unfortunately didn't speak English and, as the noise levels did not decrease, we assumed it was a communication barrier and spoke to the Landlord's managing agent, asking them to explain to the tenant about the noise. Shortly afterwards, we were approached outside our front door by the tenant and a woman who claimed she didn't live in the flat but that she was his sister living in the area, she demanded, quite aggressively at first, to know why we had called the managing agent. We explained our reasons and thought they understood our concerns but the noise problem still persists today. About 2 weeks into the new tenancy, we noticed an increase of strangers walking past our bathroom window towards the entrance of their house. We are now convinced that they are housing multiple lodgers without the landlords knowledge, we have raised another complaint with the managing agency but want to know what are rights are with regards to: 1 - the shared drain and who would have to pay for any issues with regards to increased use of washing machine and utilities upstairs 2 - the constant noise affecting our ability to enjoy our home, we are both so frustrated and angry it's now affecting our mental health 3 - any loss of investment if we are forced to sell the flat early 4 - intimidation, based on their reaction to our first complaint I don't trust them to act rationally to any action we take. I am also scared to go into my garden in case I bump into their group of lodgers 5 - Would building insurance be affected if there are more tenants living upstairs than listed in the lease? Building insurance for all properties on the road are handled through the freehold's managing agent.
A.M - 30-May-18 @ 1:53 PM
Next door bought a house and rented next door to family lol at first they was ok then it started with kicking a football at my fence for hours and no one will tell them to stop then banging doors running up and down the stairs its two girls and a boy all under 10 in one room the boy always making the little one cry and she screams the kids lock them out of the house for a while and wasn't told off the kids rule that house and im so fed up wit it all I suffer from bad deprsion since the murder of my son all I want is peace and be able to sit in my garden without kids kicking the ball or screaming what make me laugh is the landlady has rented her house out to someone she meet in a park no back-ground check the amount of rent they are paying they could buy their own place or are they black listed what can I do? I had a bbq and she rang the council on me because these people have money why is a law for them and a law for me who has no money
themarj - 22-May-18 @ 11:28 AM
I have horrible names they are bullies below me in a stair they don’t talk to me in the stair I just walk pass them there always coughing really loudly even at night time when you’re trying to sleep they both cough at the same time he talks really loud so you can hear him they both smoke in the stair it comes right up into the house I’m a non smoker and I hate itmy daughter has had to move bedrooms cause they wake her up coughing really loudly there just really horrible I have never had neibours like this in my life I have always had really nice neibours before I have my name on the council list hoping for some where else to move too
N/a - 7-May-18 @ 5:51 PM
Emsi - Your Question:
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?

Our Response:
Please see our response below.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-May-18 @ 1:52 PM
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?
Emsi - 2-May-18 @ 8:35 PM
Emsi - Your Question:
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?

Our Response:
Have you tried the steps recommended in the above article? What was the outcome?
ProblemNeighbours - 2-May-18 @ 12:55 PM
Emsi - Your Question:
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?

Our Response:
If the noise becomes really bad and is often at unsociable times, you could try contacting your environmental health department for advice. If you're concerned about the children's welfare, you could try social services.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-May-18 @ 11:19 AM
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?
Emsi - 30-Apr-18 @ 11:35 AM
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?
Emsi - 29-Apr-18 @ 4:26 PM
Hello I don't know what to do about my neighbours she has been living there a couple of years now and it's been hell she has to young kids that she leaves crying constantly and I never get any sleep then get woke up early hours by crying babies and her slamming and banging about playing music while her babies cry in the background it's just constant noise and it's got worse since we got into a argument about the constant noise and she just gave me a load of abuse and excuses she told me to get used to it screamed and shouted at me got in my face with threatening behaviour there is just no reasoning with her and now she intimates me all the time gives me funny looks and her family and friends join in to it's been going on since November 2017 which is when we had words and she still isn't looking after her kids and she just slammes around her house all the time and I know she's doing it on purpose because it was never this bad before I spoke to her about it I don't know what to do I feel miserable and it's really affecting me I really want her to move she also has another child she looks after from time to time and they all just run riot running around the house all day she just let's them do what they want what shall I do ?
Emsi - 29-Apr-18 @ 3:27 PM
The problem with my neighbour may seem trivial compared to some but it is making me ill. To start with we got on well and used to chat when in the garden. However, over the last couple of years she has become incredibly over familiar to the point that I have no privacy. She has a drink problem and drinks to excess at least once a week, coming home shouting and playing music, sometimes till 4am or later. She has often sat outside her front door until 7am drinking. Until last year there was no fence between our gardens (it is her boundary) and she would regularly come into the garden uninvited, open the back door and call to us uninvited and on a couple of occassions come into the house when no one was there. Every time I went outside she would be there, often drunk, often obnoxious not just to me but to my step sons. No matter what I said or did, she wouldn't get the hint and leave me alone, even when we would tell her directly to go home. It was so bad that I wouldn't go in my own garden for fear of her being there. In the end we insisted that a fence was put up, which her partner at the time did. However, last summer, a week or so after the fence was put up, she cut a window sized hole in it so that, in her words, she could talk to me. Now every time I go in the garden her head pokes through the hole and she starts. I have absolutely no privacy in my own garden. Today we put up a small shed in the place where the hole is, so she can't see through. I could hear her muttering about it in the garden and now I'm terrified she's going to take the fence down or cut another hole in it. She knows I suffer from anxiety and depression so why won't she leave me alone?
Fiona - 19-Apr-18 @ 1:29 AM
My husband 77years old, he is serverely disable. He have regular appointment with 3 hospitals, Kings , St Thomas,Guys Hostal. Most time he uses patient transport but sometimes he dive himself to the hospital. To get to the point , most of time we are blocked in by the neighbors cars. Unfortunately the situation getting worse by the day (morning and afternoon). The argument has got to a stage I am beginning to fear the worst. We don’t know what to do now, we need some advise. Thank you Mrs Marisa Maneeniam
Marisa - 28-Mar-18 @ 1:54 PM
Hi, My neighbour has initiated workmen to erect a 7 foot fence beyond the boundary wall between our houses. We do not want this and feel like she is boxing us in. What can we do? Thanks Leanne
CT7 - 12-Mar-18 @ 8:45 PM
Neighbour switches washing machine on and off to permanent spin every night until early hours of the morning She tells the council, she is home all day, there's no need to do washing in the evenings It's getting on my nerves and my partner's he does shift work, he has heard the machine 5 am when he's been getting ready for work Her and her son who lives with her bang the doors she says she has to hang them to shut them She doesn't do any maintenance to her property She had big hole in her fence, there was no privacy Her fence is none existing I put a fence up on my side She's got this over grown hedgeing, it grows over my border I then put a three for trellis on top her hedging is growing brought the trellis her hedgeing split my new fence panel, I went through my house insurance to claim against her. She ignores letters, she makes up a load of lies went to a solicitor told him I smeared dog excrement on her garage, I threw eggs in her garden, the solicitor bought her story this was her way of getting out of paying for my new fence panel that her hedging damaged Years ago she called the police and said my husband follows her my husband had broken pelvis and ankles he was on crutches, couldn't walk For three years we use to pay out for a professional gardener to trim her hedging back to her border, she told her solicitor she was happy for us to do that What neighbour cuts your hedging three times a year to get accused of smearing dog excrement on their garage throwing eggs , We don't cut her urge now after all what she has said It looks a sight I keep my garden nice , hers is like a tip She don't put rubbish out for collection It's stored down the side of her property when she feels like it she takes it to he dump If I could pick up my house and move it I would go tomorrow I've never lived next door to a neighbour like it who don't do maintenance, don't do gardening don't put rubbish out She is a neighbour from Hell
Not got one - 18-Jan-18 @ 9:42 PM
My neighbors is a hot head a few weeks ago I had a leak in my hall which leads to there ceiling I didn’t know about he went mad asking me if I knew about obviously I didn’t he was drunk asked if I reported which I did he didn’t believe me he started on my teenage daughter shouting at her she was scared so I got the police now every time the tv is on he talks loud they bang doors etc he thinks he’s it they have a daughter too that doesn’t live with themshe used to live with them but doesn’t now I just don’t know what to do
Wenders - 15-Dec-17 @ 8:30 PM
Tiko102 - Your Question:
We have had issues with my neighbour to the point he has attacked me twice in front of our children, we took him to court gained compensation and a two year restraining order, he has now started banging on the walls throwing things at the wall slamming doors early hours of the morning is this classed as intimidation thanks

Our Response:
Make another complaint (to the police), you may need to go back to the courts with this one unfortunately.
ProblemNeighbours - 21-Nov-17 @ 10:41 AM
We have had issues with my neighbour to the point he has attacked me twice in front of our children, we took him to court gained compensation and a two year restraining order, he has now started banging on the walls throwing things at the wall slamming doors early hours of the morning is this classed as intimidation thanks
Tiko102 - 20-Nov-17 @ 9:07 AM
del - Your Question:
Next door as complianed that my shed is to close to there fence and making it damp my shed is 20inches from there fence is this distance ok

Our Response:
You should check you title deeds to confimr that nothing prevents this but generally, as long as the shed is on your side of the boundary, the neighbour cannot object about its distance from the fence. Note that planning rules state that outbuildings must have a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres if they are to be sited within two metres of a boundary.
ProblemNeighbours - 25-Sep-17 @ 2:54 PM
next door as complianed that my shed is to close to there fence and making it damp my shed is 20inches from there fence is this distance ok
del - 23-Sep-17 @ 7:49 AM
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