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Letter Template: Neighbour's Children & Ball Games

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 23 Jul 2018 | 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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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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