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Letter Template: Neighbour Blocking Shared Access Way

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 25 Oct 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Shared Access Neighbour Restricting

Many older properties share access rights either across a rear garden or via a shared passageway enabling access to individual rear gardens. Details of the nature of access will usually be described in your title deeds.

In general neighbours treat these shared areas responsibly and they work well as access routes. We do however, receive plenty of comments from people experiencing significant problems. So if your neighbour hasn't considered that access for a pram or bin is required, or they're simply unaware that the area must be kept clear, what can you do?

Talk to Your Neighbour

Our advice as always, is just pop round and have a polite word. If your neighbour's never in when you knock, or you don't feel comfortable talking to them, start with an informal note. If this does not have the desired effect, you might want to consider a more formal letter advising them that you may consider further action if the problem is not addressed.

To help you, we've provided sample templates for both an informal note and a subsequent letter below:

Initial informal note:

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding our shared access way. I've/We've noticed [bin bags/ a bicycle/ chairs etc] is/are currently restricting the access.
If these are yours would you mind keeping them somewhere else? If not, we'll do some further investigations to find out who they belong to!

Thanks and see you soon

[Name] [Your house number]

If this does not resolve the problem send a more formal letter as in this example:

Letter to Neighbour About Blocking a Shared Access

[Your Address]
[Neighbour's name]
[Address / 'Delivered by hand']

[Date]

Dear [Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],

Re: Shared access way

I/we live at [address], next door and I/we contacted you recently about problems using our shared access way.

You may still be unaware of this problem but [your bicycle/bin bags etc] is/are preventing me/us from accessing the [area e.g. garage] of my/our property.

There is a legal right for residents of both our properties to use the shared access way. In addition there are covenants in the title deeds of our properties which determine how the shared access way can be used.

By blocking the shared access way, you are in breach of these covenants. I would therefore be entitled to seek an injunction to prevent blockage of the access way, and financial compensation for the period during which I have been unable to use it.

I am keen to resolve this amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could avoid blocking the shared access way, at any time, going forwards.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,[Your signature]
[Your name]

If you'd like more information on dealing with more larger obstacles blocking access routes read our guide How to deal with environmental nuisances caused by a neighbour

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Hi Since new neighbours (occupying the ground floor flat next door) moved in, they have been using our shared entry as an extra room for storage. This includes suitcases, clothes, bikes, pots and pans. On occasion I have even seen pots of food down there and we already have enough rats without encouraging more. They are a family of 5 (3 adults & 2 small children) living in a one bedroom flat. I appreciate that space must be tight for them but I have absolutely no way of getting into or out of our entry. Unfortunately they do not speak English very well so I’ve been unable to get them to clear it. I have tried asking the oldest child as he is the most fluent but to no avail. But to be fair he is only approx 9 yrs of age and English is his second language. Obviously because they are always needing things that are stored in there, they are forever banging around at all hours. The other issue I have is that a previous tenant put a lock on the door but never gave me a key to it. I don’t want to be a complaining neighbour but I don’t know what choice I have left. I have written to the landlord and am awaiting a reply but I’m not expecting much of a result as I’ve spoken to him in the past and he says he’ll sort it but nothing happens. Where do I go from here? Can you help?
Anders - 25-Oct-20 @ 4:07 PM
Hi Since new neighbours (occupying the ground floor flat next door) moved in, they have been using our shared entry as an extra room for storage. This includes suitcases, clothes, bikes, pots and pans. On occasion I have even seen pots of food down there and we already have enough rats without encouraging more. They are a family of 5 (3 adults & 2 small children) living in a one bedroom flat. I appreciate that space must be tight for them but I have absolutely no way of getting into or out of our entry. Unfortunately they do not speak English very well so I’ve been unable to get them to clear it. I have tried asking the oldest child as he is the most fluent but to no avail. But to be fair he is only approx 9 yrs of age and English is his second language. Obviously because they are always needing things that are stored in there, they are forever banging around at all hours. The other issue I have is that a previous tenant put a lock on the door but never gave me a key to it. I don’t want to be a complaining neighbour but I don’t know what choice I have left. I have written to the landlord and am awaiting a reply but I’m not expecting much of a result as I’ve spoken to him in the past and he says he’ll sort it but nothing happens. Where do I go from here? Can you help?
Anders - 25-Oct-20 @ 1:53 PM
Me and my husband live in a 1 bedroom flat council property. And we have a shared pathway what we all use, but our neighbour keeps blocking it by putting her children's toys on the shared path. So yesterday me and my husband locked our front door to go out and all along the path are our neighbour children's toys. So I had to move one of the toys as it was blocking our shared pathway. We don't talk to our neighbour upstairs because she has made our lives a misery and me and my husband suffer from mental health problems. Their must be something we can do so our neighbour dosnt block our pathway. She has a back garden she can put the toys in her back garden, but she is blocking our pathway what we walk on. And she is doing this to intimidate me and my husband.
Jane - 23-Sep-20 @ 9:41 AM
Me and my husband live in a 1 bedroom flat council property. And we have a shared pathway what we all use, but our neighbour keeps blocking it by putting her children's toys on the shared path. So yesterday me and my husband locked our front door to go out and all along the path are our neighbour children's toys. So I had to move one of the toys as it was blocking our shared pathway. We don't talk to our neighbour upstairs because she has made our lives a misery and me and my husband suffer from mental health problems. Their must be something we can do so our neighbour dosnt block our pathway. She has a back garden she can put the toys in her back garden, but she is blocking our pathway what we walk on. And she is doing this to intimate me and my husband.
Jane - 23-Sep-20 @ 9:39 AM
I have a renter next door to my house and the renter is now blocking a shared driveway.I am trying to sellmy house and when a client comes to see the house he tells at them and the client who cam to look at the house never comes back. Preventing me from selling my house. He is a mean old cuss.
Tony - 7-Sep-20 @ 1:52 PM
I live on a 1st floor maisonette and two of the guys that live next door to me smoke weed. One smokes further down the balcony and the other every now and again does the same but most times he smokes outside my window/door and at the top of the stairs which is directly opposite his flat. Even when he smokes there the smell still comes through my window. I have already once told him to not smoke outside my house n he said sorry and moved , but since then he has still smoked outside my house. He’s also used my window sill as a table for his bottle and as I locked the door he very quickly removed the bottle under the assumption I was unlocking the door to come out. I have extreme anxiety and don’t know what steps to take next. I also have a child and it’s not pleasant having my child inhale that stuff
FantasyLady - 1-Aug-20 @ 3:33 PM
I live in a mid terraced house, my only access outside the back of my property is a shared access which I use to take my bins out. The neighbour at the back to which is on the side of our shared access, as took it upon herself to block my access completely with a fence, she was told by the council not to do it. She didn't listen and it's been blocked off since February 2020 I feel like the council aren't listening to me, I'm frustrated my bins are around the houses please give me some advice, I do have the deeds to my house.
Lea - 23-Jul-20 @ 8:51 PM
From last 23 years I lived at 166 Bromyard Road from last two years common gate for building work and exit for emergency has been blocked by parking car person who lives in 164 have built car park on front of gate and changed Locks keys is with person living at 168 only my self can’t use gate who is cane I contact ? Many thanks ?? AUM
Chanakya - 19-Jul-20 @ 8:06 PM
Our neighbour has a driveway adjacent to ours which is separated by a strip of gravel we call no mans land.Our driveway is shown clearly on our Deeds.We don't leave our car on the drive but move it to the back of the property as our neighbour CANNOT drive her 4x4 car since she had it and actually knocked down a wall of ours twice.However, she has friends/family or tradesmen doing work on her property they use our drive to walk on to get to her front door!!!We have no privacy and her family and friends open their car doors over 'no mans land' onto the space of our drive.Is this still classed as Trespass and what can we do - we have mentioned it to her but she is abusive.Also, she uses our drive to wheel her bins down on bin days - WHAT CAN WE DO.Please anyone - give us some advice.By the way we cannot afford a solicitor
stokie - 17-Jul-20 @ 5:37 PM
I live in a end terrence of a block of 4 however it it only my adjoining neighbor that access vis a path at my rear garden the problem is that their teenage boy (around 17years old ) uses the path at night time to come through the gate at the end of my drive taking him to a gate for access to his back gardens with his bike the problem is that its 11:30pm -12nidnight. live alone and it wakes me up thinking its an intruder is there any law that access must be at reasonable times.
Kim - 6-Jul-20 @ 4:18 PM
We live in a mid terrace of a row of 5 . With have access for parking at the rear for all properties . However the very end house has extended out onto the back area and put up a shed and built a fence . I’m not sure she can do this as if anyone could extend their garden then no one would be able to park . I’ve looked at the deeds to our property and all our terrace houses are green up to our fence line . Which indicates to me that no one out of the 5 terraces own this land . Please can someone advise me on what to do ?
105 - 30-Jun-20 @ 10:03 PM
We’ve just bought a house, we’ve moved in only last week and 2 of our neighbours have requested £500 towards concreting the access which services 6 houses. We refused and stated we did not want this concreted, we’ve bought a house with grassed child friendly access and asked if they had permission from the council and all neighbours to do so. They said yes, to which I know for a fact this is not true. They have now gone ahead and begun works anyway, as soon as they started I asked them to stop work, that we do not agree to this and I have contacted the council - I am awaiting response. They said they would stop and have continued anyway. One of the houses who want the work done has an illegal outhouse they tell me they wish to park at. What can I do to stop this? I have the texts and photos of where work was when I asked them to stop - but once it’s all done surely there is nothing that can be done about it? My children need to use this access every day to get their bikes in and out to school - I don’t know what to do.
Red - 19-Jun-20 @ 9:09 PM
my neighbour has blocked access down our common passageway which i have used for 35years. she is having some work done but then i asked her when the gate would be open she became aggresive finger pointing and pushed me.she told me it was her land and she was blocking it off for good .you are unable to have any dialogue with her as i found out in he past
chrissy - 18-Jun-20 @ 10:49 PM
My naughbour is storing the bins we don't use till the ones on the road are full. We have since fallen out (other reasons) he lives in the upper flat im ground floor and the only flat with a garden that has access to the long passage way at the back of all garden flats. I do not what him at my gate as he's scary and manipulating. What are my rights please.
Gilly - 29-May-20 @ 11:25 AM
My neighbour has emergency acess only through our shared gate. She lost her keys and is not using it as a front door as she does not want to pay for a locksmith. She's in and out of our garden all day. When I asked her about this she became violent and threatening. Do I have a y rights?
Leebee - 21-May-20 @ 7:38 PM
My neighbour has blocked a share pathway at the back of my house. He first put an old shep there, then put two pieces of wood against my gate. I have a cat and I am concerned that she might hurt herself. He is selfish
Poppyland - 5-May-20 @ 1:50 PM
Hi I live in a row of 6 houses we have access to our gardens at both ends all though one end is very small the other end is a lot bigger,we have a pathway gap between my back yard and the rest of my gardenhas to allow ppl to pass through,the 3rd one in from the biggest entrance has put up a fence and gates and keeps them locked at all times , they open up for 30mins on a Thursday night to get bins through then lock them again , if we don't get our bins out in time it means taking them through the house. What can we do?
Andy - 3-May-20 @ 10:42 AM
after all theeffort for resovingmatter with neighbour and serving last notice if, oneremoves locks and gainaccess tocommon ground and terrace . what are implication
vk - 26-Apr-20 @ 7:49 PM
We have rear access through an arch to parking 1 for each property neighbor other side of arch has a garage built on his space Constantly requesting the car to be moved in the shared turning space has his 3 bins and bags of building rubbish When asked to move he came round drunk and verbally abusive police called now its happened again advise please
C - 5-Apr-20 @ 12:49 PM
Hi we live in a street with 4 houses we have an acces road on one side that we can use or drive around to gain access to the rear off our property our house is the 3rd house then ther is a 4th then at that side the road is private so no problem ther . The problem we have is that number 2 house which we have to drive past around the back have 2gates either side which open up to let car through the neighbour haven’t claimed possession of the piece of road that runs through the gate but we are having an issue with them about getting through to the rear of our house ?
Andy - 3-Mar-20 @ 11:15 AM
My neighbour has put a gate with key pad lock on my rear access. It never seems to work. Can I remove the gate. I have asked him to repair it but no luck
Me - 14-Jan-20 @ 6:07 AM
I too have a shared driveway and my neighbour and his family block me in all the time. He has almost come to hit me and has pushed my mum. The police have been called and still harassing my mum every morning. They are tenants the the housing association are doing nothing!!!!
Tmac - 19-Dec-19 @ 10:47 AM
My dad owns lives on a piece of land given by his deceased father.he was born on said land and is now 77 years old and still lives there. His sister is now the owner of the land and wants him to buy the land. He has no problem doing so, except he has a walkway of approx. 18 inches to walk up to his house at present. There is a ttec pole in the middle of this walkway. On the cadastral sheet showing the entire property the specifications for the access way is 1.52 meters. What can he do?
Tasha - 18-Nov-19 @ 10:44 PM
Ive got a neighbour who has deliberately blocked shared access which is on both house deeds. He's abusive and threatening on sight to me. Police have been called to him 3 times. Hes been told not to speak to me under threat of prosecution for harassment.He is after me hitting him or doing something that will cause me to be arrested for a crime. His landlord couldn't care less. Police aint much better.After moving a load of scrap blocking my access he moved it back with his brother deliberately blocking my access.So i moved it out of the way which i was videoed with the police being called accused of criminal damage harassment smashing up his back garden and items. Boy the lies that he told. Police didnt even attend. So now hes put a fresh new shiny mortice lock on the access gate that can only be accessed under his cctv. I have no key.Next stop legal advice to see if i can legaly open the door without a key.5years of this rubbish he thinks its a laugh.
Him - 29-Oct-19 @ 5:54 PM
The owner of an adjacent property also owns the deeds to the path that runs along the back of our short terrace. Permission was given some years ago for the said terrace houses to also use the path as access. Do they have the right to block the path, in any way? Can they stop a gardener from using the path to reach our garden? Can they stop my son-in-law from removing my old cooker, from my property, via this same path?
Helpneeded - 1-Oct-19 @ 7:16 AM
Hi we have owned plots for over 16 years without any problems from others as we were told when we purchased our right of way into plots was protected .nobody owns any land other than us there so gated.we went away and when we returned had papers on gate saying to remove as a land agent had purchased the rights of ways ,he made our turning points at right of way into plots .now the buyer has dug up the rights of way and parked ten cars on it and we cannot access our fields due to deep soft mud .this person is also trespassing g on our land and cutting down our bushes and fruit tree but we cannot prove it’s him as we are not living there .
Peewee - 30-Sep-19 @ 5:12 PM
HI , we live in a terraced cottage since last January and have to go through a stable like underpass then past our neighbours house to reach our cottage, our neighbours garden is at the back of our cottage and really big, to access it there is an asbestos like shell of a garage , quite large so they walk up and down regularly. The problem we have is we park our bicycles neatly on the side against the wall through the passage way which leaves over 2 meters of ample space for us all to walk through width ways, they park their scooter which is far larger and yet the other day they dumped our bicycles outside our property where they can get wet and my sons tools which were there to be dumped this weekend. they never clean outside there house and their dog poos often along our bit and wanders in my house and I never say a word, just want to know my rights and whats the best course of action as the man seems to be quite obnoxious about it all.
Faeaki - 20-Aug-19 @ 8:44 AM
Neighbour parking outside my house for no reason other than causing a problem
M - 15-Aug-19 @ 10:29 PM
My neighbor and I shared a driveway at the side of my property 6ft wide 3ft is theirs and 3ft is mine, but they wouldn't let me use it. My lawyer claim that their side is now not shared because of a error or mistake on their deed that says their side is private. This doesn't make sense to me, is this possible? Can I do anything to fix this?
Ameer - 13-Jul-19 @ 5:56 PM
Hi Our house is rented however we maintain our garden and in2006 we had conifers putin to form a privacy fence. We have just noticed that out trees are all now dying as their tops have all been chopped off by the neighbours on the other side of the trees only are left without been chopped as we think they could not reach them but 6/7 have been chopped and are all dying now. we paid a lot of money to plant these trees and we loved our trees as they where doing the job they were meant to do. We are left shocked and upset what should we do/ Please advise Shelly
Shelly - 1-Jul-19 @ 7:59 PM
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