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Letter Template: Neighbour's Children & Ball Games

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 27 Sep 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Ball Games Neighbour Property Damage

If a neighbour's children regularly play ball games next to your windows, conservatory or greenhouse, you may have concerns that windows may be accidentally smashed or perhaps the constant noise is starting to drive you mad!

If balls regularly come into your garden, you are obliged to give the ball back (either throw it back over or keep it safe to give to the owner when you next see them). If a child simply climbs into the garden to get it themselves however, it can cause further damage and is also trespass.

What can you do if you experience these problems?

We would always recommend initially just speaking to your neighbour about any problems; it may be that they are unaware of where their children are playing or the problems caused by it. If you can't do this, try sending an informal note. If this doesn't resolve the problem, then a more formal letter may be required.

To assist, a template informal note and more formal letter are below:

Informal Note About Children's Ball Games

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding your children's ball games.

[CHOOSE APPROPRIATE SECTION]

[I am concerned that they play ball games right next to my windows / greenhouse / conservatory and so are likely to accidentally hit and smash the glass. Please could you ask them to play a little further away so that we don't have any accidents?]

[The ball regularly comes over into my garden and then the children come into the garden to retrieve the ball. Please could you ask them to try to avoid throwing the ball into my garden? If it does accidentally come over, I would prefer for them to come and knock on the door and I will happily return the ball, rather than them just jumping into the garden.]

Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,
[Name]
[Your house number]

Formal Letter to Neighbours About Ball Games

[Your Address]

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

[Date]

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

Re: Problems caused by ball games

I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to ball games played by your children in [description of area, e.g. the grass verge area in front of my property].

The problem(s) caused by the children's ball games is/are: [select appropriate]

  • The ball hits my property and has/could cause damage
  • The ball regularly ends up in my garden
  • Damage is being caused to my property by the children entering my garden to retrieve the ball
  • My private property is being trespassed onto by the children entering my garden to retrieve the ball.

You may have previously been unaware of this problem. I am keen to resolve this issue amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could [ensure that your children don't play ball games in this area / ask your children to knock on the door to get their ball back rather than just enter my garden.]

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

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But they don't know what they are talking about. They always claim they have children playing but i have checked some of their pals, the pals of my mobbers, harassers, the gang, who haopeb to live nearbu but not quite here, since i go jogging and walking and never have i seen this any where else. I have kids in the street in frobt of my house every day yelling and screaming since 2009. It does't really make any difference if the noise is from an adult or from a child but no adult can make such startling screaming and yelling as children are allowed to make.
Margarita Ivanovich - 27-Sep-19 @ 5:59 AM
When the salesman of telephones and connections and his cashier wife targeted me, they got people to stand here in front of my house and making noise by prerending they were my victims if they weren' t standing next to my fence. With their neighbours and kids and other families from this area.People bought that and started making noise on purpose. Started crowding, loitering here.That was insane since you don't see people standing next to anybody else's fence and if i had gathered a gang to stand next to their fence, hedge or whatever, they would have called the police. Now this same victim thing goes on and on and on. the ones who targeted me really know, knew, they aren't and never were my vuctims. The incident that I politetely asked them to move, to take their children somewhere else, waa something they had been waiting for. It gave them the reason to be my "victim".They had been loitering here, brought their snow from their yard, from their side of the street which is illegal, had basically done everything possible on this side of the street that makes noise or is a liability. Thatcwas in 2009 but they had started rumours about me etc long ago. I beliwve They are really evil and had this planned, a kind of gang stalking, hate campaign, noise campaign. All these dozens of other families may believe that they are really my victims but are still bullies since at least one family knew about my being mobbed and harassed here before they moved to the semidetached and that was the reason they moved here. They wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves. In fact when their house was built the carpenters, the firm were told, I was bad and they urinated and defecated in front of my eyes, next to my children's play house but behind our fence , on the other side, the whole time they were buildung it. This my bullying, mobbing, harassing, has been a joy to these dozens of people, families, fun, since 2009. Their manipulator human predaror boss the sales person quietly whispers to me how funny that no-one likes me. And they want me to react so they can report me to the police etc. I have screamed one day to the girl of this human manipulator, predator which has been my "victim" in the eyes of this community since 2009 if not standing next to my fence in stead of her own garden, in her diapers at 2009. With a gang of other kids screaming even at 2009 she was in diapers. She roamed about in the street. One reason they weren't using their garden so the human predator who i guess works from home, or is almost always home for a man, had privacy, a more private and quiet home to be in. In 2016 I screamed at the human predator's kid so they made a law suit agaist me for assault by screaming and restraining order. And I was the one who had since 2009 tried my best to make them go from my fence and the streer. I had never been in their yard. The prosecuter told me to move, said it is fun childen play, and
Margarita Ivanovich - 27-Sep-19 @ 5:50 AM
And in all of these cases, all these families, they let themselves believe that somehow in some mysterious way they are MY victims, unless they scream in the street or play ball games. You see, this screaming in the street is not normal in a civilised Nordic country at all, at least by Nordic people. I never see this anywhere else. I have read hundreds of news in the paper about local children and the stories are about playing in a nearby woods, in a play park, in someone's home etc It is this couple that looks exactly like this couple that started this honking terrorism in ohio against the krlich family (you can find an abc you tube video where you see the couole who started it) that got this brainwash here started. Like, if i moved, or if i am not home, they can be in peace, and they don't feel obliged to take their kids to scream in front of anybody's home. In that case they stay in their garden, inside, go to meet friends, go for walks, do house chores inside, etc. It is not normal to take your children in a driveway. (There is no lane for pedestrians here).
Margarita Ivanovich - 27-Sep-19 @ 2:04 AM
Sorry, my neighbour whose dad is a member of European Parliament , thinks it is quiet when they themselves are always making noise, her husband is speakinglong conversations related to his work on the phone, in his back yard, standing a few feet from ours, using heavy power tools, washing his 10 vehicles one of which sounds like a race car, with pressure washers, they have all kinds of loud vehicles like crawlers, snow blowers etc. So when they are home they themselces are outside all the time, with two small screaming kids. When my kids were small i had no time to be out, had to cook, clean, the went to the park and and museums and walks... they are using their garden all the time and making noise. When they go to their summer house bought by her dad the other neighbours come out and the families on my other side, who have a trampoline and next to us. When the family who do not live this side usedms it, they are so loud the family who owns the trampoline always leaves their home a.d leave me to listen to horrible souds the children make that are not even my neighbours but live in a semidetached They have bought a summer house or the old man, member of the EU parliament has, for his children and small grand children. I don't have one. Neither my children. So this means we are stuck with listening to noise but they can leave so they do not realize that it is always noise since they claim it is quiet but when they are home they themselves are loud, visitors all the time, two kids out all the time in the street in front of our house. When they leave the families on the other side of our house start this terrible noise that is too much for them because when they allow the kids who live in the same semidetached as themselves use their trampoline, they leave by car very fast or go for a walk. Every day they also screean amd yell in the street. Before that it was three families across the street who were in the street all the time playing ball games very loudly and the kindergarten family next to our back yard whose kids never go anywhere or if they do, they go when we are not home. My point, these families gave relations, connections, work, money, many places, like summer houses(grand) parents within a few minutes drive, health, and they choose to try to sabotage my and my children's lives by yelling, screaming, banging in the street in front of my home.
Margarita Ivanovich - 26-Sep-19 @ 9:57 PM
(Continue) Also about 10-20 other families used to gather in front of my house or they pass my house (together with kids or kids alone) several , maybe even ten times every day screaming. This doesn't happen anywhere else. I am a student and go to place of study by bike, ten kilometres and never, never are there children around. They go to kindergarten, come home, watch telly, eat dinner, and if outside, they go for a walk. Basically it is impossible to enjoy your home whike these families with children are outside becayse their noise is sudden screaming and yelling and i am all tense whenthey start and startled every time. This has lasted for over ten years. One family told me to move when I politely asked if they could gather somewhere else than my fence, them not even being my next door neighbours. They said i would see that there will be noise. Somehow this couple has turned this neighbourhood into hate crime against me and they want to yell and harm me. The police thinks this in innocent, everything involving children is supposedly innocent. This couple looks a lot like the gang stalking couple in ohio, who turned everybody , the whole town including some policemen, fire fighters etc to honk their car horns in front of their neighbours home for revenge . Well it is horrible i am horrified by human cruelty like noise is noise, regardless who is making it.
Margarita Ivanovich - 26-Sep-19 @ 9:18 PM
I am exhausted with childrens voices and there is a family outside making noise always, regardless of the time of year or the time of day or the weather. They say i should be glad they go to bed at 9 and the noise stops. I have many neighbors across the street and neighbours each side of my house and neighbours next to my back yard. All of them choose to spend time yelling on my side of their house. They have been brainwashed to think that if they do not spend all their time outside making noise then some basic human rights are stolen from them. There are many parks and forests and fields for playing ball games within 2 -5 minutes walk. But about 20 different families have choseb to spwnd time in the street in front of my home and they are noisy. The kids find it boring to stay here but the paremts are obsessed with this idea that their children and grandchildren (the grand parents are often here, daily, and that used to be the case with the people who were yelling here before the other families moved who picked up this yelling and screaming and crying and banging and general racket in the street.) shouldn't do what they please and be free. One grand mother said whose husband is member of EU Parliament that they might end up as pushovers if they can't yell and scream as much as they please. Well her daughter said it is always quiet here but her husband who is involved in energy business is talking loudly his work phones in the garden a couple of metres from our garden. If not doing that they (the kids)are screaming or listening to music or having friends over (more kids) . They have about ten vehicles they keep washing in the back yard. In their garden there is not enough room for all of them, so don't know where they keep them. Another side of my house is a semidetached house. Both families have small kids and use the same trampoline which is next to my fence. My two children are teens. At the back pf my back yard lives a kindergarten teacher. Basically their two children do not leave the garden ever to go anywhere else. They yell "one two three" on their trampoline all summer, in the winter they walk around the hoyse yelling. Before that three families across the streret had visitors non stop and whenever they had children over, which is all the time, they gathered in the street in frint of my house. Also about 10-20 other families used to gather in front of my house or they pass my house (together with kids or kids alone) several , maybe even ten times every day screaming. This doesn't happen anywhere else. I am a student and go to place of study by bike, ten kilometres and never, never are there children around. They go to kindergarten, come home, watch telly, eat dinner, and if outside, they go for a walk. Basically it is impossible to enjoy your home whike these families with children are outside becayse their noise is sudden screaming and yelling and i am all tense whenthey strart and startl
Margarita Ivanovich - 26-Sep-19 @ 9:05 PM
My neighbours blamed me for throwing stones and smashing their greenhouse. What do I do?
H - 13-Jul-19 @ 12:27 PM
Our neighbours children constantly either play football right outside our window, kicking their ball against the communal back door which is right next to our front door in the block, or bounce the ball inside the block right outside the door and wake up my 10 month old baby, we have told their parents and constantly tell them, it drives us mad to the point where I feel like knocking their father out as a lesson to parent them, it's a nightmare. Obviously I'm not going to that, but they are simply too thick to listen, I've just had to go out there again during writing this and confiscate their ball, I said get your dad to collect it, I'll be giving him a price of my mind, but it won't sink in,had the parents knock once to ask what the number is for the fire brigade, because they locked themselves out with a chip pan on..... I mean... seriously??? Who doesn't know 999 they areally a danger to themselves and every family in the block, worst parents I've ever known. I want them out, I pay a lot in rent and none of them work, winds me right up
Jon - 9-Jan-19 @ 9:43 PM
Liz - Your Question:
Hi we have had enough of our neighbours my 2 small boys 4--7yrs were playing out in back garden and as next doors fence as been down for months. there daugther of 6 as a few times pulled her top up and said its what my mummy does and then she went in her house saying my 7yr old had flashed him self the parents were in the house they came banging on my door saying keep yr son away from my daugther and told other people to keep there kids in side there making our lives hell and saying there kids are not safe my sons have never done this and I had some one say that ur son is welcome at my house and said the girl would say that as thats what her mum would do please help thanks

Our Response:
Erect your own fence on your side? Simply keep out of the way of the neighbours. There isn't really much else you can do other than maybe applying for an injunction asking them not to come to your property?
ProblemNeighbours - 24-Jul-18 @ 12:39 PM
hi we have had enough of our neighbours my 2 small boys 4--7yrs were playing out in back garden and as next doors fence as been down for months. there daugther of 6 as a few times pulled her top up and said its what my mummy does and then she went in her house saying my 7yr old had flashed him self the parents were in the house they came banging on my door saying keep yr son away from my daugther and told other people to keep there kids in side there making our lives hell and saying there kids are not safe my sons have never done this and i had some one say that ur son is welcome at my house and said the girl would say that as thats what her mum would do please help thanks
Liz - 23-Jul-18 @ 6:50 PM
After five years you would think I would be used to the many kids from various ages that live around our estate. I live in a row of bungalows surrounded by other houses and generally the area is good. Every summer holidays however like starting next friday when they break up for 6 weeks it becomes messy, litter everywhere, kids running amok sometimes from 9am until sunset (lucky for me I noted on the BBC weather online it is starting slowly to get darker yippee!) and the dreaded football. The council built a new park last summer which granted the kids do used and kids spend most time there but when they get bored and the parents get sick of them they tend to scream louder. I wear wireless headphones for the TV and have my music on louder so try to ignore it, if I could afford triple glazing windows that would be wonderful. What should I do if the football starts being hit against mine and my neighbours properties? I am thankful we have not yet had it as yet but time will tell. I don't have a job alas failing to get one so am stuck indoors most of the time worrying about the noise levels. The family across the street from me put up a bouncy castle and kids right after school were shrieking about on it, lucky weren't too loud. I didn't think you would be allowed to have a bouncy castle on a council house! I cannot wait for the school holidays to end before they have begun.
FEDUP TOO - 12-Jul-18 @ 10:17 PM
Just me - Your Question:
My neighbor is the worst. She's has four young children and a large dog. She has her OWN garden yet constantly uses the communal area for BBQs, swimming pools, parties, bouncy castles and not to mention three of the four said children are out playing with a ball, kicking it up against my 1 year olds bedroom wall, screaming up at the windows, crying and screaming as if they are being murdered until 10pm some nights,(ages range from a few months old to I think 9) they have once tried to throw sticks into open windows of mine. The dog barks at all hours, it deficates on the grassed area which doesn't EVER get picked up. The dog is huge it's disgusting. I have raised these issues with the neighbors more than once, to be told "I ain't listening, not hearing it, move out, I don't care, shut your windows(my windows are shut but the insane volume they scream and 'play' at is unmasked by a window) or come down here and I'll knock you out." That was the short version, I have left out a lot of swearing, threats and manic words. The problem is I rent privately whereas she is council so who do I go to? I'm losing my mind I feel. People such as that will never reason nor take anything on the chin. If I report it I'm convinced it will end badly for me. She has pointed out no one ever bothers her. I wonder why. She's plays into the hands of such an unhinged I'll do what I want when I want moron stereotype no one will do anything. Therefore she will know without a doubt it was in fact me reported her.Any advice is welcome. Many thanksTired and fed up.

Our Response:
You can still report this neighbour to the council is she is a council tenant, even if you are not a council tenant yourself. She is probably contravening the terms of her tenancy agreement.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Jun-18 @ 2:38 PM
My neighbor is the worst. She's has four young children and a large dog. She has her OWN garden yet constantly uses the communal area for BBQs, swimming pools, parties, bouncy castles and not to mention three of the four said children are out playing with a ball, kicking it up against my 1 year olds bedroom wall, screaming up at the windows, crying and screaming as if they are being murdered until 10pm some nights,(ages range from a few months old to I think 9) they have once tried to throw sticks into open windows of mine. The dog barks at all hours, it deficates on the grassed area which doesn't EVER get picked up. The dog is huge it's disgusting. I have raised these issues with the neighbors more than once, to be told "I ain't listening, not hearing it, move out, I don't care, shut your windows(my windows are shut but the insane volume they scream and 'play' at is unmasked by a window) or come down here and I'll knock you out." That was the short version, I have left out a lot of swearing, threats and manic words.The problem is I rent privately whereas she is council so who do I go to? I'm losing my mind I feel. People such as that will never reason nor take anything on the chin. If I report it I'm convinced it will end badly for me. She has pointed out no one ever bothers her. I wonder why. She's plays into the hands of such an unhinged I'll do what I want when i want moron stereotype no one will do anything. Therefore she will know without a doubt it was in fact me reported her. Any advice is welcome. Many thanks Tired and fed up.
Just me - 9-Jun-18 @ 8:56 PM
Sorry, but these polite letters are not going to work. If someone is rude and aggressive enough to put throwing projectiles into your garden, possibly causing damage or injury, your dealing with a knuckle dragger.They were already aware of the issue, they didn't care. Have a polite word, then notify the police that projectiles are being thrown into your garden and it is unsafe for you to be on your own private property.If a football were to hit an elderly person or child, it could injure or worse.
Phil - 31-May-18 @ 1:13 PM
Hi, I have 18months old toddler and he likes running and when he is cheerful he stomps his foot a little...that is the main reason why our downstairs neighbor bangs the ceiling every eveing! He is a very lonely man and seems quite rude and unfriendly. We live in a first floor flat (two floor building) and the floors are all carpeted. I am trying not to encourage my son to run too much or stomp his feet but I feel guilty for not letting him be a child!! What can I do to make my neighbor understand that it's not us making the noise but our son and that I can't really do much about it at the moment as he is so young? Forgot to mention that he is usualy up at 7am and goes to sleep at about 8:30pm...and makes no unusual or excessive noise during the night.
Katerina - 22-Dec-16 @ 11:15 PM
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