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Letter Template: Neighbour's Dog Fouling

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 16 Jul 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Neighbour Dog Poo Fouling Letter Clean

t is a common complaint that a neighbour's dog poos outside your door/gate or in a shared passageway. Not only is this disgusting, unhygienic and smelly, but it means you have to take extra care to avoid it and it creates extra work for you having to clean it up if your neighbour doesn't.

If you are suffering with this problem, what can you do?

As an initial way to tackle the problem, try to have a quick chat with your neighbour. Often dog owners are unaware that their dog is doing this, or are unaware of the problem caused by it. If you've been unable to make contact in this, drop them a formal note before taking more serious action in the form of a formal letter. Our examples below should help:

Informal Note to Neighbour About Dog Fouling

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding dog poo [location - e.g. in the shared passageway / outside my gate]. It is both unhygienic and smells.

If it is your dog creating this mess, please can you try to discourage it from pooing in this area and clean up after the dog if it does? If it is not your dog, [I/we] will do some further investigating to find the owner.

Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,

[Name]
[Your house number]

Formal Letter to Neighbour About Dog Fouling

[Your Address]

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

[Date]

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

Re: Dog fouling

I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to problems caused by where your dog goes to the toilet. The specific dog causing this problem seems to be a [colour and breed of dog].

The dog poos regularly outside my gate / door / in my garden. You may have previously been unaware of this problem. However it affects my enjoyment of my property, is unhygienic and smells.

If this issue is not resolved, the Environmental Health Department may take action. A dog being allowed to poo in a public place (such as the street outside my property) is also a criminal offence that can attract an on the spot fine in many councils.

I am keen to resolve this amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could prevent your dog from pooing [outside my gate / door / in my garden] going forwards and clean the mess up if you find that it has gone to the toilet in that area.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

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Maria - 16-Jul-18 @ 1:36 PM
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Ruski - 5-Jul-18 @ 7:42 PM
Mr cheesed off - Your Question:
I live in a block of flats that is six stories high, they have balconies, with one owner directly above me that feels it is acceptable to let their dog go out and foul on the balcony with the obvious results that it drips down, and the solids get blown or washed down by wind or rain.I have informed the landlord who says he has told them to stop, but with no noticeable effect if he did. I have not spoken to them directly because of previous harassment from former residents and I do not want the confrontation.Therefore has any one got any advice on a way forward in particular in getting the Landlord to take further action on this dirty and unhygienic practice which is nothing but laziness on part of the dog owners as we are surrounded by areas where they could be walked and do their business.Many thanks in advance

Our Response:
There isn't much you can do to "force" the landlord to do anything other than to continue reporting the problem to them. There have however, been some cases in civil law where a landlord has effectively "adopted" the nuisance of their tenant if, with actual or constructive knowledge of the nuisance, he/she fails to take reasonable steps to abate the nuisance. It might be worth mentioning that to your landlord?
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Mar-18 @ 12:22 PM
I live in a block of flats that is six stories high, they have balconies, with one owner directly above me that feels it is acceptable to let their dog go out and foul on the balcony with the obvious results that it drips down, and the solids get blown or washed down by wind or rain. I have informed the landlord who says he has told them to stop, but with no noticeable effect if he did. I have not spoken to them directly because of previous harassment from former residents and I do not want the confrontation. Therefore has any one got any advice on a way forward in particular in getting the Landlord to take further action on this dirty and unhygienic practice which is nothing but laziness on part of the dog owners as we are surrounded by areas where they could be walked and do their business. Many thanks in advance
Mr cheesed off - 2-Mar-18 @ 10:34 AM
Maureen Reay - Your Question:
Hi I hope you can help, my partner and I are at our witts end, we have new neighbours in the flat upstairs, been in for a couple of weeks now, they have a dog (we love dogs by the way, the other two flats have dogs and no problems).It started when they moved in every time they go out the do howls like a wolf for their time out. At first we were not happy but approached the neighbours telling them about the problem, and gave the dog a chance to settle in for a few days, they said they would sort something out.Every morning when they go to work at 7 15am, as soon as door is shut it starts howling!!!!!! we anticipate this and wake up feeling so stressed at the howling constantly (7 15am till they come in from work usually about 4pm (all day).My partner has really bad anxiety and this is affecting him badly, I myself have anxiety since this started as you can understand this howling is soul destroying, but also for the poor animal. They did say they wondered what was wrong because the dog was panting badly when they came in!!!!! We are so stressed about this!!!! please please please help us before something happens to my partner through the stress of listening to this howling all day, or something happens to the dog because of his stressful situation. We have contacted the owner about this but nothing has happened. Thank you, we are desperate!!!!!

Our Response:
Talk to your environmental health office or the RSPCA. Even though the noise is during the day, if it's continuous, the EHO should be able to take action. The RSPCA might act if they feel the dog is being neglected or unduly stressed.
ProblemNeighbours - 30-Oct-17 @ 12:35 PM
Hi i hope you can help, my partner and i are at our witts end, we have new neighbours in the flat upstairs, been in for a couple of weeks now, they have a dog (we love dogs by the way, the other two flats have dogs and no problems). It started when they moved in every time they go out the do howls like a wolf for their time out.At first we were not happy but approached the neighbours telling them about the problem, and gave the dog a chance to settle in for a few days, they said they would sort something out. Every morning when they go to work at 7 15am, as soon as door is shut it starts howling!!!!!! we anticipate this and wake up feeling so stressed at the howling constantly (7 15am till they come in from work usually about 4pm (all day). My partner has really bad anxiety and this is affecting him badly, i myself have anxiety since this started as you can understand this howling is soul destroying, but also for the poor animal.They did say they wondered what was wrong because the dog was panting badly when they came in!!!!!We are so stressed about this!!!! please please please help us before something happens to my partner through the stress of listening to this howling all day, or something happens to the dogbecause of his stressful situation.We have contacted the owner about this but nothing has happened.Thank you, we are desperate!!!!!
Maureen Reay - 27-Oct-17 @ 4:09 PM
messedup - Your Question:
Hi my neighbor is so dirty she is only a young girl well in her early 30s.she as house full of fleas that came in to mine last year now we have a rat infestation on the back she never cleans up after the dogs.there was mattress carpets bedding food waste.its been reported now so getting a visit.so guess what she as buried it all in the garden. I mean buried it.a full mountain

Our Response:
If you know this, why don't you report it to your local environmental health office.
ProblemNeighbours - 24-Oct-17 @ 2:37 PM
hi my neighbor is so dirty she is only a young girl well in her early 30s .she as house full of fleas that came in to mine last year now we have a rat infestation on the back she never cleans up after the dogs .there was mattress carpets bedding food waste .its been reported now so getting a visit .so guess what she as buried it all in the garden .. i mean buried it .a full mountain
messedup - 22-Oct-17 @ 6:00 AM
FedupofCatSh.. - Your Question:
Is there anything that can be done like this for cats. A neighbour has 8 (12 if you include the spirit cats.yep odd conversation that) and they perpetually use my garden as a litter tray. Have tried everything. Scent, sonic, water, everything to dissuade the little buggers but no joy. I take it the regulations do not extend from dogs to cats?

Our Response:
Unfortunately not, this is a recurring theme with problem neighbours. Cat lovers will not agree, but if you have young children or simply enjoy your garden, a next door neighbour will multiple cats can be a real burden. The only way any action could be taken would be if the cats were not well treated in which case RSPCA might step in, or if there wa a genuine health/safety issue in which case Environmental Health might be able to act. You might want to try your local environmental health office for some advice at the least.
ProblemNeighbours - 3-May-17 @ 11:35 AM
Is there anything that can be done like this for cats. A neighbour has 8 (12 if you include the spirit cats....yep odd conversation that) and they perpetually use my garden as a litter tray. Have tried everything. Scent, sonic, water, everything to dissuade the little buggers but no joy. I take it the regulations do not extend from dogs to cats?
FedupofCatSh.. - 2-May-17 @ 4:24 PM
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